After reaching £50 million (yes not $$$ but £££) in it’s first week it’s no surprise today the force is with Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now officially UK biggest grossing box office film for 2015.
Even before any press any public where allowed to see the film, it was on the cards this was going to be a winner at the box office even if the reviews weren’t. Now just over 2 weeks after it’s release the reviews have been very good which will be a relief for everyone at Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm.
Going by recent film blockbusters Star Wars: The Force Awakens has taken over from the early leader Spectre which earned around £93 million with Episode VII £94.06 million. So has it beat Avatar? It’s on level par or just slightly ahead with £94.06 million but world wide still has a way to go. Many believe it will surpass it but the real question is how close is the film to the original Star Wars film?
The New Hope (released in 1977) as it was re-titled after the second Star Wars trilogy raked in around $755 million ($1.5 m overall) and on world scale it’s doing the job with around £1.2 billion. Many believe it will overtake it probably largely thanks to the film’s epic fandom helped also with the need the last trilogy’s critical panning. Many want Jar Jar Binks exorcised from their memories. With JJ Abrams at the helm and what he did for Star Trek pardon the punt there was a ‘new hope’ Star Wars will regain its reputation as the world’s greatest sci-fi film franchise.
One thing we do know Star Wars: The Force Awakens will never ever match the buzz the original film achieved when it was release 39 Years ago. Technology in films today we take for granted in some cases ruining enjoyment of recent blockbusters but then it was in its infancy. The film made technological landmarks, helped globalize the ‘blockbuster film’ firmly stamping Science Fiction genre which at the time was in a dire need of fresh opus.
2016 we expect certain expectations in blockbusters, Star Wars: The Force Awakens does deliver not forgetting those have been with the franchise since day one. In an era which film is overran with constant re-boots long awaited yet unexpected sequels, Seeing some of the original cast appear in the new film delivers fresh hope that old favourites returning to the big screen have a rightful place in our hearts than just the pockets of the Studios.