Warm up the cash registers and the credit card readers. Get that popcorn pop, pop, popping.Make sure there are plenty of seats at the cinema, because “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be coming into theaters on December 18 and will look quite a bit like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber in “Return of the Jedi”: big and green.
Don’t believe me? Its presales shattered records. On the night when the tickets first went on the market, several ticketing websites such as Fandango and MovieTickets.com and websites of major theater chains such as AMC and Regal crashed.
Some fans even drove to the theater box office to purchase tickets. Fandango.com declined to report figures for ticket sales in general, but IMAX reports to have made an unprecedented $6.5 million on a mere 390 screens on the film’s first night on sale!
On November 20, it was reported that the figure for all presales – regular, 3D, and IMAX – had gone up to over $50 million dollars.
Film researcher Box Office suggested in their long range forecast, that it could top all-time domestic box-office champ “Avatar.”
Like many of you, I’m eagerly awaiting to see this movie, as a film lover, as a fan, and as a journalist for The Gregorian Chant. (In fact, also like many of you, I’ve already got my advance tickets to see it on opening day after finals end.) I’ve watched the whole original trilogy to get myself prepared for this VIIth Star Wars story. And I hope it will be great.
Steve Kraus, the TGS middle school math teacher with plenty of Star Wars merchandise in his classroom as evidence of his enthusiasm for the franchise, said that he is very excited to see it, and has special plans to see it with friends.
He will apparently be renting a theater for the occasion. “It only cost a thousand bucks,” he said. The Force is strong with Kraus.
Latin teacher James Carlson and junior Haven Bennette said their favorite movie was “A New Hope,” freshman Byron Panrudkevich, freshman Chloe Goorman, and sophomore Yoni Weiner said it was “The Empire Strikes Back,” and junior Ben Faust said it was “Revenge of the Sith.” Likewise, Weiner said that he didn’t like “Attack of the Clones” and Carlson, Bennette, Panrudkevich, Goorman, and Faust chose “The Phantom Menace.” Based on these results, it was clear that “The Empire Strikes Back” was the best received and “The Phantom Menace” was hated the most. And, except for Carlson, all of them are planning on going to see the new movie.
Well, it’s clear that the Star Wars saga has left a deep impact on everybody here at TGS.
It’s also clear that a lot of people will be checking out “The Force Awakens” once it comes out. May The Force be with you this holiday
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