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Zac Gille is Alt Film Guide Senior Contributor and Co-Editor. He particularly enjoys analyzing box-office data, attempting to see through the obfuscation propagated by the studios' p.r. machine and your average know-nothing media pundit. He has a lot of favorite movies, but usually has trouble remembering their titles.


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'The Force Awakens' Shatters 'Jurassic World' Box Office Records

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'The Force Awakens': More box office records shattered. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' shatters 'Jurassic World' milestone records As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken three major box office records this Christmas weekend (Dec. 25-27, '15): best second domestic weekend ever, fastest movie to reach $500 million at the domestic box office, and fastest movie to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Let's go over one box office record at a time. Best second domestic weekend With an estimated $153.52 million from 4,134 locations in North America (remember, this particular North America doesn't include Mexico – or Greenland, for that matter), Star Wars: The Force Awakens easily surpassed the previous record-holder. To find it, we have […]


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'The Force Awakens' Shatters 'Jurassic World' Box Office Records







'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Shatters Christmas Box Office Record

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'Star Wars The Force Awakens': Andy Serkis channeling the Supreme Leader Snoke. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' breaks Christmas record The 2015 Christmas movie of choice had nothing to do with Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, or Jesus. J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens smashed the domestic Christmas Day box office record on Friday, earning an estimated $49.34 million from 4,134 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The previous record-holder was Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, which grossed $24.6 million on Dec. 25, 2009 – not coincidentally, another Friday.[1] Next record to be broken Next in line – as in, next box office records to be shattered by Star Wars: The Force Awakens – are “fastest to reach $500 million at […]


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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Shatters Christmas Box Office Record







'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' NOT to Become All-Time Worldwide Box Office Champion?

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Darth Vader (?) wants to be no. 1. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' not to become top-grossing movie of all time on worldwide box office chart? J.J. Abrams' futuristic adventure movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the most awaited film release since … let's see … Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider made out in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris back in the early '70s, destroying marriages, families, and whole nations. Or perhaps, since Luis Buñuel's Viridiana created a furor at the Cannes Film Festival back in 1961, leaving audiences the world over desperate for a look at the movie condemned by both the Spanish military and the Catholic Church for demonstrating that (at […]


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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' NOT to Become All-Time Worldwide Box Office Champion?







'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Reviews: Few But Pointed Negative Remarks

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with Daisy Ridley. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Negative reviews have been few, but pointed Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently enjoying a 91 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. The average rating of the latest movie in the George Lucas-founded Star Wars franchise is 8.3/10. That's quite a bit higher than the RT top critics' rating for The Force Awakens' three predecessors, all directed by Lucas – his first (and, to date, last) films since Star Wars back in 1977: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: 67 percent approval and 7/10 average. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: 41 percent approval and 6.2/10 average. Star […]


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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Reviews: Few But Pointed Negative Remarks







'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Breaks British Box Office Record

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with Oscar Isaac. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' breaks British (and Irish) box office record Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $14.3 million (£9.6 million) in the U.K. and Ireland on Thursday, Dec. 17, '15. As found in The Hollywood Reporter, whose source is the Walt Disney Studios, that makes the latest Star Wars movie the biggest single-day grosser in British/Irish box office history – not factoring in inflation. Record-breaking midnight screenings accounted for $3.6 million (£2.4 million) of the total. The previous record-holder in that part of the world was David Yates' final installment in the Harry Potter franchise. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, Harry Potter […]


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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Breaks British Box Office Record







'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': No French Box Office Record

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' to shatter box office records? Adam Driver as Kylo Ren looks unsure. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Record-breaking pre-sales Star Wars: The Force Awakens represents the triumph of market over matter. Fandango has reported that pre-sales for the latest Star Wars movie has broken the company's all-time record – they were not referring to just pre-sales record; the sci-fi adventure flick has broken the record for tickets sold at Fandango during the entire run of movies such as Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World (the previous record-holder), Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. And to think that Alec Guinness isn't even in the movie. As found at Deadline.com, pre-sales […]


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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': No French Box Office Record







'The Martian' to Beat 'Gravity'? Either Way, Box Office Record Actually Belongs to a Comedy

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'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life after being left behind all alone on Mars, opened with an estimated $18 million on Friday, Sept. 30, '15, at 3,831 North American theaters, about two thirds of which in 3D. Bear in mind that the Friday estimate includes $2.5 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings. Directed by eventual Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Warner Bros.' Gravity, another extremely well-received space movie about a pioneering American fearlessly kicking death's […]


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'The Martian' to Beat 'Gravity'? Either Way, Box Office Record Actually Belongs to a Comedy







'Hotel Transylvania 2' Box Office: Adam Sandler Biggest Opening Weekend Ever? Think Again

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'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early […]


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'Hotel Transylvania 2' Box Office: Adam Sandler Biggest Opening Weekend Ever? Think Again










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