Director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has become the most successful Star Wars film to date. The movie has rejuvenated the Star Wars franchise after the prequel trilogy failed to maintain the charm of the original trilogy began by George Lucas in 1977. Now, “The Force Awakens” has finally ended its nearly six-month long theatrical run in the United States.
Collider reports that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has accumulated an impressive box office domestic total of $936,662,225 (about AU$ 1.2 billion). It has out-grossed the box office record of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999) which collected a total of $474,544,677 (about AU$ 637 million). In the US, Episode VII also broke the record of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” which had accumulated $760.5 million (about AU$ 1 billion).
Gamespot notes that “The Force Awakens” has secured a third place in the all-time global box office, having failed to beat the international box office figures of Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic.” While “Titanic” took in $2.186 billion (about AU$ 2.9 billion), “Avatar” claimed a whopping $2.788 billion (about AU$ 3.7 billion). Even though a lot of movies joined the billion dollar club internationally, none came close to “Avatar.”
Anyway, “The Force Awakens” has now become the gold standard for Disney and Lucasfilm, not only because of its box office success but because it was loved by both old and new fans as well as critics. A lot of people say it emulated the style and tone of the original Star Wars trilogy, right down to certain scenes and character moments. Episode VII had the most similarity with the first Star Wars film that was later re-titled as “Episode IV – A New Hope.” But nostalgic reverence isn’t necessarily a bad thing, considering the fact that most fans disliked Episodes I to III, which explored the origin of Darth Vader and the rise of the Empire.
Recently, Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was ordered over four weeks of re-shoots because Disney felt it wasn’t up to the standards set by “The Force Awakens.” Screenwriter Tony Gilroy was brought in to make some changes to the script and direct some new action sequences, which would be supervised by stunt coordinator Simon Crane.
All eyes are on “Rogue One” now. There is the pressure that it has to reach the level of success Abrams’ film achieved. In fact, the future of the entire Star Wars franchise depends on Gareth Edwards’ movie. “Rogue One” is scheduled for a December 16 release in the United States.
Watch the awesome teaser trailer for “The Force Awakens” below.