Abrams skirts Oscars talk for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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At midday on opening day, however, in contrast to scenes in the U.S, United Kingdom and most other countries where the movie opened in mid-December, there were no crowds or lines. Obviously that number could fluctuate up or down between now and tomorrow, but it currently looks as though the Force is strong in China.

Its midnight box office has reached 17.8 million yuan, marking the fourth top-earning imported movie for midnight screening in China, following “Fast and Furious 7”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and “Transformers 4”.

People walk past a poster for the new Star Wars movie at a Beijing theatre Saturday. And while he wouldn’t name anybody in particular, the director seemed to suggest that a certain scruffy nerf herder who’s now the biggest US box office star in history deserved some Academy love.

Abrams refused to give an update on Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Abrams skirts Oscars talk for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Personally, I believe that while it’s likely that Disney, who own both Lucasfilm and Marvel, will decide to boost the release of one of their most anticipated blockbusters, Civil War, with footage of another one of their films, they probably won’t wait that long to release the first trailer. I don’t think Chinese people can understand this movie as Americans do.

“Whatever the numbers are, I’m just so grateful that the movie is out there and it’s being well received…”

According to Mtime.com, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has already pulled in roughly 74.8 million yuan, or some 11.3 million United States dollars in ticket sales as of 9.30 am today. “Because I am really interested in robots and I have watched a lot of robot movies in my life”. It even stationed 500 stormtroopers on the Great Wall in October. Star Wars attractions were further announced for the Shanghai Disney Resort that opens later this year.

His decision not to alter the film contrasts with franchise creator George Lucas’ approach. For each film they choose, they also select the release date in Chinese theaters. This follows the tradition of previous Star Wars DVD/Blu-ray releases.