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Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Open in Over 4,100+ American Theaters, is Set to Break Box Office Records.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to break all kinds of records worldwide, but The Wrap has found out that there seems to be one record the film won’t break on its opening weekend – the widest release for an American film. That being said, the release is still substantially large, with at least 4,100 theaters showing the movie in its first week, and such a release at this time of the year still demolishes a few records in and of itself.


From The Wrap:


Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open Friday in more than 4,100 theaters with preview showings Thursday night. That’s a record for December, but well short of the mark for the widest rollout ever, which was the 4,465 that “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” debuted on June 30, 2010. A final figure won’t be known until Tuesday, but at its current level, the J.J. Abrams-directed reboot would not be among the 25 widest releases ever.

Roughly 3,300 of the locations will offer 3D, and it will screen in a record 392 IMAX screens, 13 of which will show the film in 70mm. There will also be 451 Premium Large Format theaters showing it and a record 146 D-Box locations.


Another thing to consider is that many multiplexes are expected to have half or more (!) of their screens dedicated to The Force Awakens, and the film will dominate IMAX screenings for an entire month. So while the movie’s opening might not be the widest release ever, the movie is most definitely going to be shown on more screens at once than the record-holder for widest release (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). Other records broken are – as listed above – the widest December release ever (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the previous record-holder here, opening in 4,065 theaters), and the widest IMAX release (Avatar was the previous record-holder here, opening in 178 theaters). In terms of a worldwide release for IMAX, the initial release of The Force Awakens will be nearly three times as expansive as Avatar was (668 theaters versus 261 theaters), and once the film opens in China in January, that already-impressive number will expand to a staggering 940 theaters. And of course, ticket presales are expected to be about $100 million or more around this time, which would be four times higher than the presales for The Dark Knight Rises. (On the subject of ticket presales, the movie has already set records in several international regions, including the United Kingdom, France, and Russia.)


One record the movie is expected to clear without issue is record for the most profitable the late-night opening, previously set by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 at $43.5 million. An advantage that The Force Awakens has over that film is that it will be shown from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM this Thursday as opposed to Deathly Hallows merely opening up at midnight. It remains to be seen if the movie can best Jurassic World‘s $209 million opening weekend, but it is certain to be the biggest opening in a December (compared to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s $85 million opening). Furthermore, it’s uncertain if the movie can top Avatar‘s incredible $2.8 billion worldwide gross, but it seems like if any movie can surpass such a feat, it’s The Force Awakens.


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.


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