By Eliane Volk
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken box office records due to huge interest in the series, bringing $758.2 within the first 20 days of opening around the New Year domestically, which beats the record of $730.4 from Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in the franchise.
“I am a big fan of the old movies, but I like how the new movie introduces new characters and set the stage for a new trilogy.” -Jack Silvestri. As the seventh movie in the main Star Wars series, there was much anticipation for its release from fans of Star Wars. Star Wars is a six film series that was first released in May 1977. Since then, three trilogy’s have formed, alongside television series, video games, and theme parks, such as Star Tours.
The Walt Disney Company announced three new Star Wars movies in 2012, the first film of those three being Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has proven to be a huge success since its release on December 18, 2015. This installment includes some original actors, such as Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Ewan McGregor’s and Alec Guinness’ voices for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Tim Rose as the Ackbar, amongst many others.
The popularity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has risen since its recent release in the U.S., and continues to prosper worldwide. As of January 10, 2016, it is recognized that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the #3 movie of all time worldwide, and domestically it is the first movie to ever pass $800 million, as stated by comingsoon.net.
Disney has also recently released that they are building 14-acre “Star Wars land” at both the Orlando and Anaheim locations. The two main attractions at these locations will be Millennium Falcon secret mission, and an experience of battle between the First Order and the resistance. About 14 percent of Disneyland’s attractions will be closed for the construction of this project, and a completion date has not yet been provided.