Star Wars The Force Awakens has aced box office records during its first week of release. In fact, it was expected that it would surpass Avatar’s worldwide record, earning around $2.7 billion when the movie would release in China. Unfortunately, sales went short despite expectations. Furthermore, director J.J. Abrams also spoke about several comments regarding the highly-successful film being a rip-off of the original.
“The Revenant,” another successful movie in the box office, earned around $38 million over the weekend during its debut. However, it did not come close to how “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” dominated sales domestically, earning $41.6 million over the weekend and a grand total of $812 million. This record broke the $800 million milestone in the U.S. alone.
Furthermore, the movie recently released in China last January 9, 2016. However, with hopes of the movie surpassing Avatar’s sales internationally, it only earned $53 million over the weekend. At present, the movie garnered $1.73 billion in sales worldwide, a billion short from that of Avatar’s.
In other news, it was reported that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” received numerous negative comments from fans who say it was a rip-off of George Lucas’ “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” In response, director J.J. Abrams stated, “It was obviously a wildly international thing that we go backwards, in some ways, to go forwards in the important ways.”
He added, “Ultimately, the structure of Star Wars itself is a classic and tried and true as you can get.”
He went on and said, “The story of history repeating itself was – I believe – an obvious and international thing, and the structure of meeting a character who comes from a nowhere desert and discovers that she has a power within her, where the bad guys have a weapon that is destructive but that ends up being destroyed – those simple tenants are by far the least important aspects of this movie, and they provide bones that were well-proven long before they were used in Star Wars.”
Accordingly, filmmaker of the previous Star Wars franchise George Lucas also made his revelation that when he sold his “babies” to Disney for several millions of dollars, the company made it clear that they did not want his creative input in the latest movie.
Despite expectations that Star Wars The Force Awakens would be ranked as the number one best-selling movie of all time, it currently stands third place from two movies that earned $2 billion in sales: Avatar and Titanic.