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Box Office: Star Wars Erupts with Record $238M Opening

Star Wars: The Force Awakens smashes all-time opening weekend box office

by | December 20, 2015 | Comments

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This weekend, moviegoers flooded the multiplexes for Han Solo’s first new adventure in 32 years as the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens smashed the all-time opening weekend box office record with a jaw-dropping estimate of $238M. That easily beat out the previous record of $208.8M set just this past June by Jurassic World.

Intense fan demand made this one of the most frontloaded debuts too. Thursday night kicked off the release with pre-shows starting at 7:00pm which resulted in a mammoth $57M – a new record. The final Harry Potter held that record for over four years with $43.5M with shows starting later at midnight.

Studios insist on bundling pre-shows into the opening day figure which for Force Awakens came in at an astounding $120.5M. That beat the $91.1M of the final Potter to become the new all-time best opening day ever. Both films featured 3D and IMAX, though Force‘s gross included five more hours worth of showtimes. The opening day tally accounted for a whopping 51% of the full weekend figure.

The new Star Wars collected a staggering $68.7M on Saturday which represented a 43% drop from the THU/FRI opening day figure. Sunday is estimated to decline by 29% to $48.8M. At these box office heights, slight fluctuations in percentage drops can cause big changes to the grosses. It is possible that Sunday overperforms and the weekend finishes in $240M+ territory.

The PG-13 Force arrived after years of hype. Star Wars fans unhappy with the prequels were hoping the new film would bring back the excitement they had with the first trilogy. Critics and fans have agreed that director J.J. Abrams succeeded. Force combined beloved characters from the old films with fun new characters all encompassed in the space Western packaging which made the first Star Wars in 1977 become such a runaway blockbuster.

Reviews were sensational and moviegoer feedback has been electric. The CinemaScore grade was an encouraging A and other audience metrics also show extremely high levels of customer satisfaction. That will bode well for the weeks ahead in terms of attracting non-fans plus piling up repeat viewing over the holidays from the Jedi faithful. All six previous Star Wars episodes opened in May. For the seventh episode, Disney decided to shift to mid-December and open on the same weekend that kicked off record runs for both Titanic and Avatar with Christmas helping the second weekend and New Year’s aiding the third frame.

The raw stats on Force are mesmerizing. The opening weekend generated an average of $57,571 from 4,134 theaters – the best ever for a wide release. 3D screens accounted for 47% of the gross which is impressive by today’s standards. The audience was 58% male and 63% over 25. Also coming out as winners this weekend – all the 2016 films lucky enough to get their trailers in front of the new Rey and Finn adventure.

The road ahead could not be more promising. Given the record weekend start and the fact that people are taking off from work and school as the week progresses, mid-week daily grosses could be in the $30M vicinity with Thursday dropping down due to Christmas Eve. The second weekend should have a smaller than usual drop for a tentpole because of Friday being Christmas Day. Every day between December 25 and January 1 behaves like a Saturday at the box office and the film’s third frame will also be a holiday session. Star Wars: The Force Awakens could very well have more than $600M in the domestic bank coming out of New Year’s weekend with all of January to look forward to.

Fans sought out IMAX screens in record numbers to maximize their experience. The 391 IMAX sites grossed a staggering $30.1M this weekend vaulting past the old record of $20.9M set by Jurassic World. That made for a scorching $77,000 screen average. Worldwide, 667 IMAX screens opened to a record $48M edging the $44.1M of Jurassic World which included China. Star Wars opens there next month so its global bow becomes even more impressive.

Outside North America, Force debuted to a stunning $279M from international markets for an eye-popping global launch of $517M. Top markets were the U.K. with $48.9M, Germany with $27.3M, France with $22.7M, Australia with $18.9M, and Japan with $13.5M. Most every country opened this weekend with the exceptions of India and Greece which debut next weekend and China which is set for a January 9 opening. Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands an excellent chance of becoming only the second film ever to reach the $2 billion club joining Avatar.

Of course, Disney has no plans to stop with just this film. The Force Awakens was intended to rejuvenate the Star Wars moviegoing experience and more installments are on the calendar to keep the billions rolling in. Next up is the spin-off Rogue One on this very same weekend next year followed by Episode VIII on Memorial Day weekend 2017. A Han Solo film is planned for Memorial Day weekend 2018, Episode IX is slated for 2019, and more films may also be announced later taking the franchise into its sixth decade.

Moviegoers actually spent some cash on films not about Han Solo this weekend. Fox debuted its kidpic sequel Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and took second place with an estimated $14.4M from 3,653 theaters for a $3,942 average. The PG-rated comedy delivered the lowest opening yet in the four-film franchise and is setting itself up as the alternative to the violent Star Wars for parents with smaller children. All of them opened in mid-December and the two sequels both finished with more than four times their openings. But competing against BB-8 will be a formidable task.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joined forces again, this time for an R-rated comedy, and saw Sisters debut in third place with an estimated $13.4M averaging $4,530 from 2,962 playdates. Reactions to the Universal release have been mixed with critics giving somewhat decent marks and audiences feeling the same way. The CinemaScore grade was a mediocre B. With Star Wars out there, it was no surprise that Sisters skewed 79% female.

Four-time champ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 fell to fourth dropping 51% to an estimated $5.7M pushing Lionsgate to $254.4M to date. All four films in the franchise have now broken the quarter-billion mark. Global tally is up to $595.5M. Down 50% was the boxing hit Creed with an estimated $5.1M putting Warner Bros. at $87.9M.

Disney’s Lucasfilm unit clobbered the competition and one of the victims was the studio’s other division Pixar. Its latest toon The Good Dinosaur tumbled 59% to an estimated $4.2M upping the cume to only $96.5M. After 26 days of play, the kidpic still has not broken the $100M mark. Universal’s horror-comedy Krampus followed with an estimated $3.8M, off 55%, for a $34.8M total. Ron Howard’s adventure In the Heart of the Sea got decimated in its second weekend crumbling 69% to an estimated $3.5M giving Warner Bros. another misfire this year with a weak $18.6M cume.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $291.6M which was up a staggering 139% from last year when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opened at number one with $54.7M; and up 115% from 2013 when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug stayed in the top spot with $31.5M.

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  • The first weekend numbers are based on excitement more than on reviews, since the reviews that matter most are those that come from friends and family. Since the reaction from friends and family has been strong, I expect there to be unusually small declines over the coming weeks, even for this holiday time frame.

    • Robby Mulvany

      We’re seeing it again Tuesday at 1:00pm. Literally the ONLY showing with 3 seats available in the entire city of Denver

      • Clark

        Same here in Chicago, everything reserved seating is filled past Christmas. Don’t get me started on IMAX showings…

  • Mark

    Just saw it the second time. It only gets better with repeat viewings – in fact, a lot better. The writing, I noticed, is more solidly old-fashioned (meaning, good) in the sense that it leaves a lot to the viewer to put pieces together, and second and third viewings are incredibly rewarding. Count on a ton of people seeing it again and again. After the second time seeing it, it easily beats “Return of the Jedi”, as far as I’m concerned – I’d now rank it: 1. Empire Strikes Back 2. A New Hope 3. The Force Awakens. 4. Return of the Jedi. Even though a couple of things in the new film reference events in the prequels (very subtly), I don’t even count them, as the films are just absymal. The prequels work better in the memory as a story arc than anything else. “The Force Awakens” blows them away in every sense. Character motivations I had problems with on the first viewing were much more clear the second time, as I could focus more on the dialogue. It’s just a remarkable achievement, given that what they had to do was nearly impossible. And most importantly, the death of a major character, which felt rushed the first viewing, felt entirely earned the second time. I literally can’t wait for “Episode VIII”. Here’s to praying Rian Johnson doesn’t screw it up, as that would be truly depressing after such a wonderful start.

    • Mark Harclerode

      Yeah- I saw it twice as well and it was great the second time. Doing about a 9 day cool down and then will go see it a third time. Great, great experience. This is what EVERYONE other than Lucas wanted from the prequels. Sad that he was too blind and arrogant to actually honor his own legacy, but at least JJ did it for him.

      • Kfir

        I personally liked AOTC & ROTS a lot better than this one, at least those movies had an original story to tell, and what a story it was…
        I felt this was just another one of abrams totally unnecessary reboots/new versions of already great films, when what I really wanted this to be is a continuation of the story, to find out what else happend in a galaxy far far away…

        • I didn’t find the Jedi/force parts rehashed but Death Star 3.0 & how it came to end definitely was way too similar to A New Hope. The final squadron scene is so forgettable because of its lack of uniqueness I cannot remember any detail even after watching the movie twice now. Overall it’s a very entertaining movie but definitely still got room for improvement especially for the climax scenes (Yes, including the duel). I give it 8/10. If the climax scenes had been better, I would’ve given it 9/10.

          • Kfir

            Everything about this was a rehash of A new hope, starting from a droid with a super important message for the rebels, and a hero found on a desert planet.
            There was a very noticable tension break in the movie, after the millenium falcon breaking free, and meeting Maz, from which the movie never recovers.
            I’ve only seen it once, and my next viewing is probably going to be after the movie is released for home media, but really, most of what happens after the spectacular 3d scene with the millenium falcon on Jacko, is pretty much forgettable, including the anti-climatic death of a loved character (which i predicted about 30 minutes before seeing it on screen, when I realized that this was just a remake).

          • JJ is too much of a fanboy that made him want to recreate those nostalgic memories rather than creating something fresh. Check out this video by Flicks And The City showing all the easter eggs & references (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSN0dvTtIFo). The amount of reminiscence to the original trilogy is ridiculous.

            And yeah I agree the 3rd act was the weakest part of this movie. I enjoyed the first 2 acts a lot though. And I didn’t mind the anti-climatic scene. While they made it extremely predictable what’s about to happen, I find that scene to be a positive of 3rd act.

            And I wouldn’t call JJ’s Star Trek movies unnecessary. I love his version. Especially the first one that’s a very good film in my opinion. =P

          • VH

            it’s called being lazy and plagarism

        • poly

          The movie isn’t very good . It looks great ,and it does,, and the new characters are portrayed very well, but the story is garbage. Its a straight knock off the original series of films. The movie had a child like predictability . I mean why pay 4 billion for something and then throw most of it away, and then replace it with a hack job script that contradicts 20+ plus year of good literature (some of which id say was great). The reason is that the idea of what Star Wars has been, doesn’t fit in the disney brand as well as they’d like. So they trot out few characters we know and love , as well the props (which seems to be what disney values most props and a name) and make new science fiction film and call it star wars and intern destroy a legacy film concept , and start a new one to replace it. A corporate raider would have given star a gentler hand than they did , as they would have at least sold off the parts of the franchise they didn’t want, which at least would leave hope of seeing a true Star Wars story again. I assume they will allow fan films to be made as they wouldn’t want the bad press , and so in doing give O.G. fans a “New Hope”

        • Snarly_Yow

          I just can’t fathom why someone would like Attack of the Clones better. Or any Prequel better. Those movies were terrible.

          • Kfir

            Well, I did explain what I liked most about them… they had a really interesting story to tell. one that I’ve been waiting since I was a kid and saw the original trilogy for, to find out more about the events tht shaped some of my favourite characters.
            Lucas had a story to tell, and he chose the cinema medium to tell it. now you can say they weren’t as good as the originals, and I agree with you, but they were enjoyable, and at least had a purpose.
            The force awakens (or as a friend called it, A Not so new hope) exists only for the purpose of making money, and selling merchandise. There was no more story to tell, and they wete too lazy or didn’t care enough to make one up.

          • Davis

            The prequels also copied the originals. TPM even had a new death star with a trendy belt and a celebreation scene straight out Ep IV. And although the story of Ep II and III had some potential, those very executed so poorly (acting, dialougues, characters, cartoonish visuals) that you cant watch it without cringing. There is litterally no built up to anithing, and after RLM’s (if you didnt know it already before it ofc) reviews we all know there are very few scenes which would even make a little bit of sense. And I didnt talk about the merchantising, which judging by jar-jar was probaly rather number 1 than number 2 after story. And besides, the story of the prequels was already told before the prequels by Ben Kenobi in 10 seconds. Everything plus was just terrible.

          • Kfir

            Yes, I don’t really have anything good to say about TPM, it’s still the worst of the seven films.
            I don’t think episodes 2&3 were poorly excecuted, but even if I did, at least they tried.

          • Snarly_Yow

            If only any of those events made a lick of sense…

    • Jean Saramago

      I really liked it, and really liked Rey and Finn as characters. There was applause in the theatre I was in when it ended.

    • Grant Bucson

      The writing is crap. Rushed and a clone of episode 4.

      • Jeremy Eckstein

        “Rushed and a clone of episode 4.” Totally agree with you. Story writing is the big problem–little imagination outside of the recycled templates and character archetypes that Lucas established wonderfully.

        Disney tried to please everyone–the Gen Xers who grew up with the film and easy repetitions for younger audience. If this were the first installment, it would be a marvel, but disappointed it did not try for much of its own story like the best of the Expanded Universe books.

        Would have been much better with Timonthy Zahn’s fine Admiral Thrawn trilogy. It had more original characters, a new kind of threat and plenty of the old characters.

        Instead, we get too much of the familiar with the only real emotion rushing in with an unsatisfying climax on another catwalk suspended over another large pit. Solo deserved a better way to die.

        • A Ki

          I think as a standalone you are completely right but they made these films to hook a new generation who are too young to remember the prequels in theater and also to hook girls and women in and it worked spectacularly well at that. This will have avatar legs because of repeat viewings from women.

    • Yeah_its_me

      Yeah I loved it the first time and will be seeing it again today.
      Its solo worth going to the theater!

    • VH

      you must have Disney shares because that wasn’t the POS I saw

  • Chronic Pain Coop

    BULLSHIT the movie SUCKS, save your money. My kid feel asleep and I almost did too. Don’t believe the lies wait for the DVD OR VHS yes it is that bad.

    • Finnos Willos

      you dont know what movies are bro

      • u2canbfmj

        The farce is strong with this one….

      • Grant Bucson

        This piece of crap TFA

    • Mark Harclerode

      Moron.

    • u2canbfmj

      I know right…this movie was bad from a plot perspective. Not very interesting and at the end..I was like who cares, why is this shot soooooooo long…. why is she climbing sooooo many stairs. Couldn’t he of greeted them at the landing zone and met Chewie. Obviously, he would have foreseen their arrival.

      • Jean Saramago

        It’s this thing called “drama”, where they ask viewers over the age of six to be patient for twenty or thirty seconds before the next text message comes in … I mean the next thing explodes …. I mean the next thing of consequence happens.

        • u2canbfmj

          watching someone walk steps isn’t very dramatic…. Then the overly long stare, oh yeah,….I felt it..LOL not

          • Jean Saramago

            It must have been the most agonizing thirty seconds of your life. I feel your pain.

      • Grant Bucson

        Yes the movie was bad, terrible plot, bad characters.

    • Jean Saramago

      Do they still make VHS? Do they still make DVD’s for that matter?

    • thisisfutile

      VHS? LOL

      “Back in my day we didn’t have no fancy, shmancy 3DEE, we had black-and-white talkies and WE LIKED IT!!”

    • Grant Bucson

      Nailed it! Movie was horrible!

    • Yeah_its_me

      The movie was great there is no way a kid fell asleep …With all that back to back action.. My 11 year old son and I loved it!! The theater gave it a standing ovation… Im going to call your BS .. LOL

      There will always be haters I guess..

      • Chronic Pain Coop

        You must work for Disney. Everybody in our theater applause in the beginning and there was dead silence when it was over. My wife said everybody at her job it sucked too. Not making it up just to make it up. It was that bad.

    • EMG ENT

      EXACTLY!

      This was a total “FAIL” and a disgrace to the Star Wars brand!

      From a creative perspective is wasn’t creative at all (ZERO),
      this was a “mish mash hash” cooked up and fed to the public, proving that
      anything they write the public will consume! The same old plot regurgitated
      into a new Film, The epic “I am your Father” thing but now regurgitated with han
      and lea’s son idea with the battle on the airwalk where Han dies OMG, where is
      the creativity here? Played, Played, Played……. The Movie was made from cannibalizing
      itself! Jacen Solo was not casted very well either, he looks nothing like what their
      Son would look like! Ridiculous! This was Hoakie writing to get the old cast of
      Star Wars to fit into the film and is not acceptable with this brand, but this
      figures considering “Disney Imagineers” were at work here and FAILED miserably!
      There was a reason JJ was nervous because he knew that the writing flat out
      sucked and was a sell out to get this out there and make the GREEN! As if
      things weren’t bad enough, the obvious intentional use of the title (The First
      Order) and the obvious over tones referencing the coming New World Order for
      real is a sell out and, most likely this film was made to be a propaganda vehicle
      Trojan Horse! For the N.W.O…… Pathetic, Glad I watched the tormented version at
      a friends house and didn’t pay for this Regurgitated PUKE of a movie!

  • Jason Becker

    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands an excellent chance of becoming only the second film ever to reach the $2 billion club joining Avatar.”

    Uh…Titanic?

  • Jean Saramago

    I can understand why ordinary movie goers want to talk about or debate movies themselves. I haven’t the slightest idea why they’re all that interested in box office returns. Is there some functional relationship between the quality of a movie and its box office receipts?

    People talk about box office revenues as if they’re surprised when records are broken. Well, yeah: there are things called “population growth” and “inflation.” Anyway, by any standard, it’s going to be huge.

    Now, here’s what I thought about the movie.

    I. Loved. Every. Second. Of. It.

    • Yeah_its_me

      Me too, it was so good!

    • A Ki

      Good returns validate people’s sense of judgement about the films and provide social proof that they are right to be excited about it. They also signify that more films will be made and new toys will continue to be added to the star wars sandbox. It is a secondary validation.

    • Sergeant343

      I like it, because I like all aspects of the film industry.

    • VH

      how many shares of Disney stock do you own?

    • Martine

      How else can you possibly judge a film? Critics don’t know crap. And that is what movies are made for, to make money. They are business ventures. How else do you judge a business venture except by the profit? Wow, you are a confused person. I am pretty disappointed with the huge box office success, because the movie was awfully boring, bringing zero new elements. Jakku the planet is even a complete copy of Dantoine. All they did was bring in copy and paste heroes from different , more politically correct groups…which is no problem, but that is ALL they did. They really basically just “made” the first Star Wars, but without the suspense. The sad thing is that the big box office will encourage similar tragedies in the future.

  • Snarly_Yow

    *Spoilers ahead* *Spoilers ahead**Spoilers ahead**Spoilers ahead**Spoilers ahead*

    I think viewers’ complaints that the plot was rehashed are fair but I think they are missing something really important, the risks the movie did take. I thought the question of who would be the new Jedi: Finn or Rey, was very well done. I didn’t know going into this movie. I thought the choice to not include Luke in the movie was a real risk and one that paid off, cramming this movie full of old characters would have been a huge error. The choice to kill Han was risky but was the only real way to move the franchise forward. Kylo Ren being torn by the dark side, and trying to live in Vader’s shoes was a unique twist on a villain.

    Yes, the plot was “safe.” But what Abrams did with the Characters was unique. The movie took chances, the move did unique things, but those things were not necessarily related to the plot.

    • But why even rehash the plot? I know JJ has the ability to write a great original story. I don’t see anything positive that can come off from rehashing the plot of the original films. And it’s not only the attempt to rehash, it’s also HOW MUCH was rehashed. If you check out some YouTube videos where people point out all the easter eggs and references to the original trilogy, you’ll find the amount to be shocking. There’s at least over 50 references to the original trilogy – maybe even up to 100. I absolutely wouldn’t mind if the film had rehashed say 10-20 ideas from the original films. But the amount JJ put in makes the film lack so much originality.

      And as I said in the beginning, JJ CAN write great stories. I am a big fan of his movies and he is one of my favorite directors. So I find it to be a missed opportunity for him to choose to recreate the nostalgia rather than creating something fresh and original that is STILL in the Star Wars universe. I really really hope this rehashing direction only stays with Episode 7 since it’s sort of a reboot to get people to experience the original trilogy feel with modern film making. I hope Episode 8 and 9 will not follow this direction and will have more original ideas in them.

      I don’t disagree with what you said about the risks they took though. I do find those to be good decisions. I especially like what they did with Kylo Ren as a character. He is very interesting.

      • Snarly_Yow

        I agree. I’m sure they could have thought of another plot. I really thought after 38 years since Episode IV, and many children having never seen the original trilogy (DAMMIT SPECIAL EDITIONS!) it was trying to be a reboot in some ways. I really think it was entirely intentional. I enjoyed this movie so much, I loved the lightsaber battle (enough of flippy, choreographed crap in the prequels!), I loved Rey, I liked the squidy-monsters…I liked a lot here. I see exactly what you’re saying, heck, I even agree with it. I just liked so much else about this movie that I forgive it. It’s not perfect, but it’s clearly the type of movie we’ve been asking for for the last 32 years.

        • Well, I enjoyed the movie a lot too. Already watched it twice. But I am pretty certain I would’ve enjoyed it even more if JJ had not rehashed so much of the plot from the original films. But what’s done is done, I can only hope Episodes 8 & 9 will have more original plot ideas and that they both will turn out to be great films. =)

      • Grant Bucson

        Because it’s a money grab by Disney.

    • Grant Bucson

      There was no risk!!!! They had a winning formula from a new hope and they used the entire plot of it darn near! Vader clone, death star clone, have to destroy it at a single point, the whole beginning. The characters were crap too! The romance between Rey and Finn was so forced it was unnatural and Rey herself was a mary sue to make up for the terrible writting of the plot. It wasn’t an unique twist it was a vader clone.

      • VH

        you know it man, they milked this milf for all they could….even the rehashed star trek was better than this trash, and what a missed opportunity if only they could have had a single, SINGLE, original idea

    • Kfir

      I didn’t find it took risks at all.
      It was pretty clear to me that that rey will be the new Jedi from the begining of the movie, when she finds BB8, and starts her journey on a desert (tatooine like) planet (I didn’t watch the trailers before to avoid spoilers).
      I also don’t understand why we needed any of the three leads from the original trilogy in this movie, therefore I disagree that saving one of them until the very end, is any kind of risk, the fact that any of them are here at all, proves that absolutly no risks were taken.

  • Matt Bowling

    I loved it. Can not wait to watch it atleast 2 more times and for episode 8.

  • ricwhite

    I was VERY impressed with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. He played the part absolutely perfectly all the way through. Didn’t flub any of his lines at all. Excellent.

    Seriously though, Daisy Ridley did and EXCELLENT job playing Rey. She was the star of the movie, by far. The entire franchise seems to hinge on that character. They HAD to get that right . . . and they did. On the other hand, I was less impressed with John Boyega (I’m VERY sorry to say). I thought he over-acted. He didn’t come off as authentic to me. He looked like . . . he was acting. That disappointed me greatly. Adam Driver did fine as Kylo Ren.

    Abrams did an excellent job translating the script for the screen. VERY competent. However, I wish the SCRIPT was different. Rehashing the same story arcs is “safe,” I guess, but I would have preferred that the story take a TOTALLY different path. Sure, it’s MUCH more difficult to keep to the original Star Wars world and use components that made especially episodes 4 and 5 so good while providing a TOTALLY NEW story arc, but that is really what I hoped for. So, I’m disappointed in the story – although it was really put on the screen well.

    • TheVoiceOfReason

      I needed that laugh this morning re: Mark Hamill. Well done.

    • Snarly_Yow

      You thought Hamill was perfect? I dunno. His decision to use his Joker voice and refer to Kylo Ren as “not the Batman” repeatedly was pretty distracting.

    • Grant Bucson

      The character of Rey was TERRIBLE! It was so obvious she was a mary sue and the plot leaped gaps in logic.

    • VH

      another Disney Shareholder’s review

  • Mark

    Just saw Turkish Star Wars–So funny it makes Hardware Wars look like a documentary.

  • Mark

    all the android hype in LA can’t convince me you’re not strapped down and twisted in the back.

  • MR

    I wish I could get a refund.
    For all the money I have spent on Star Wars over the years (cinema tickets, posters, tons of Lego sets, comic books, DVDs.. and a million other things) this by far was the worst. The closest thing that comes to it is a plastic jug from Pizza Hut which they were giving away when The Phantom Menace was number one in the box office.

    • Grant Bucson

      This was easily the worst! Bad plot, shitty characters, music was poor. It made no sense.

  • Eli Mizrachi

    Bitch must of had the Matrix cause she learned how to use the force in 5 seconds and took on a Jedi, movie sucked.

  • Grant Bucson

    This film is a joke, a near copy of a new hope and a money grab by Disney. People are stupid for rating this crap so high, rather see the prequels than this garbage. Poor acting, bad jokes, rushed romance and a rushed plot. Wait for it to come out on DVD.

    • A Ki

      The was no romance. Just friendship. The acting was better than the prequels ant it isn’t close. Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen should hang their heads in shame.

      • Grant Bucson

        You clearly didn’t stay to see the final half of the film and the romance between the two shoehorned in there. The prequels acting was much better with a superb and original story.

  • EMG ENT

    This was a total “FAIL” and a disgrace to the Star

    Wars brand!

    From a creative perspective is wasn’t creative at all (ZERO),
    this was a “mish mash hash” cooked up and fed to the public, proving that
    anything they write the public will consume! The same old plot regurgitated
    into a new Film, The epic “I am your Father” thing but now regurgitated with han
    and lea’s son idea with the battle on the airwalk where Han dies OMG, where is
    the creativity here? Played, Played, Played……. The Movie was made from cannibalizing
    itself! Jacen Solo was not casted very well either, he looks nothing like what their
    Son would look like! Ridiculous! This was Hoakie writing to get the old cast of
    Star Wars to fit into the film and is not acceptable with this brand, but this
    figures considering “Disney Imagineers” were at work here and FAILED miserably!
    There was a reason JJ was nervous because he knew that the writing flat out
    sucked and was a sell out to get this out there and make the GREEN! As if
    things weren’t bad enough, the obvious intentional use of the title (The First
    Order) and the obvious over tones referencing the coming New World Order for
    real is a sell out and, most likely this film was made to be a propaganda vehicle
    Trojan Horse! For the N.W.O…… Pathetic, Glad I watched the tormented version at
    a friends house and didn’t pay for this Regurgitated PUKE of a movie!

    • Grant Bucson

      You mean Ben Solo? Also I don’t get the NWO reference but I did get the Nazi similarities they had with the speech and what a poor job the general did (the speaker, I don’t know his actual position), sounded like a wuss and no charisma.

    • VH

      cut and paste movie, what a bloody hash job…and a sissy stormtrooper on top of it all..yah right, empire were built by a bunch of inner city welfare stormtroopers that drop their uniform and weapon and join the enemy at the first hint of bloodshed. Han solo did what exactly for 40 years? sat around the casting office in the same tired uniform with the same tired sidekick….ludicrous, even the story doesn’t fit, my 2 year old could have done better writing the script…I still feel bad and its been days since I saw it. what a total rip off.

      • EMG ENT

        Yea, It was predictable though because it was put in the hands of Disney, they were a good Company when Walt was Alive, but when the Company went to Michael Eisner it has really been DOWN HILL since then, so Lucas selling the brand out to Disney was a total sell out move with the brand, just a way to bleed out one last BIG SCORE MONEY GRAB at the fate of faithful Star War Fans that have been there since day 1. Lucas is Smoking a Fat Stogie and laughing all the way to the BANK!

  • David Sharp

    This movie was a major disappointments.
    1st Finn vs JarJar binks. PC update and fails. I didn’t care for Jar Jar but after seeing Finn’s character.. Jar Jar was way more entertaining. Since the first part of the prequel was an alien character name Jar Jar with a Rasta island accent. Many people took offence, so this time they introduce a black american character who was chicken shit. Yeah that’s way better! I think the force is changing and becoming more PC…. That’s what we need in a galaxy far far away. Also very interesting and not important I saw 2 Asian in this movie and never saw any Asian in this galaxy up until this installment. It would have be funnier if they were making star rolls and space fortune cookies. Why didn’t the Supreme Leader Snoke take heed when his fortune cookie read his death star will blow up??? Why!!!!
    2nd Adam Driver cool but leave the mask on. Totally necessary to cover up that ugly mug. Beside the fact his face is so ugly why would Kylo Ren need a mask? Took it on and off like a hat. I thought I was watching Space Balls and Rick Moranis was going make an appearance.
    3rd Death Star is now a Death Planet wow it’s bigger so it must be better. Wrong!!! It has the same weakness but instead of a target size whomp rat hole, the target is now larger than New York City it self. Even Stevie Wonder in a X Wing fight can blow up this Death Star.
    This time the rebel forces only need a hand full of X Wing fights to take down this Death Star 3.0. After 2 iterations of the Death Star you would think the Empire would higher and design a better Death Star. Also totally unnecessary to keep building these lame Death Star. That’s why we don’t build Zeppelins any more because we know they crash and burn.
    So I wont write anymore spoiler but I’ll leave this messy film for the next victim.
    May the force be with you when you shell out $20 bucks for a 3d headache.

    • Grant Bucson

      Yep and don’t forget they kill off Han to replace him with the female Rey. Also Jar Jar was a secret sith lord and his character was way deeper than Finn.

  • James Jr. Tsutsui

    Without writing any SPOILERS, just take the story out-line from Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and shuffle the roles around and you get the script for Episode VII: The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams has done it again, created a block-buster money-maker by taking old stories and rebooting them. Older fans, who loved the originals might not like it because it lacks creativity, young viewers eat-it-up because it is new to them. A high-school English teacher would probably give a C- for the lack of originality if a student copied the story out-line from literature previously published in 1977. For all the hoopla, I was disappointed, and expected much more, just as I was disappointed by Star Trek: Into Darkness.

  • VH

    I don’t understand the hype… it was a god awful movie, worse than the prequels and that’s saying a lot. Plot holes big enough for a fleet of deathstars, wait…what plot. Characters that with few exceptions sucks…so…Han Solo, after 50 years, is…unchanged, only 50 years older, same dress, same wookie (you have to ask yourself, what’s going on there han with that wookie, you a married couple or something?) this is just a ludicrous movie, someone slap me and tell me im wrong b/c I feel such a big let down.

    • VH

      sorry im just not impressed by a sissy storm trooper from the ghetto or a wanabe darth vader that reminds me more of pee wee herman than the lord of darkness.. It was embarrassing to watch. and yeah I absolutely loved the original starwars, full of yearning and poetry, this movie sucked hard

    • VH

      since when do stormtroopers drop their guns and armor after the first firefight and then turn the guns on their fellow soldiers? hmm maybe this one was a muslim cloned stormtrooper that didn’t get the memo they were supposed to be bad ass capable of holding down a galactic empire…embarassing

  • Martine

    Pretty formula film. Not a single new thing, which is obviously exactly how the old fans like it. All the new characters are a combination of old charters…in fact all the new characters are a kind of version of Luke Skywalker. We have a female Luke Skywalker( Rey) , We have the black Luke Skywalker( Finn) , the Hispanic Luke Skywalker( Poe)…and at the very end, the original white one.

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