The Force Awakens breaks both the domestic and international opening weekend records, earning roughly $517 million in worldwide ticket sales, breaking multiple box office records, even after accounting for inflation. It has the largest opening weekend in North America, with $238 million in ticket sales.
Lucasfilm releases The Force Awakens trailer with previously unseen footage.
In a red-carpet interview, Abrams says Luke Skywalker’s non-appearance in the trailers and poster is deliberate.
These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answers. It’s no accident…We were all thrilled that the trailer was seen and embraced, especially [from] people who were saying that they’re not even fans of Star Wars, but they’re interested in seeing this thing now. It’s a testament to all the amazing work that this cast and crew have done.
Fandango says Star Wars: The Force Awakens online ticket sales traffic surged to seven times its typical peak levels, a record-setting first day of pre-sales. The previous record holder was 2012’s The Hunger Games.
For Star Wars, we have already sold eight times as many tickets as we did on the first day of sales for the previous record holder. This is an extraordinary time for the industry, which experienced unprecedented ticketing demand last night. The enthusiasm for this year’s most anticipated movie is out of this world and we expect it to continue all the way to its debut on Dec. 18.
Lucasfilm releases the official trailer for The Force Awakens.
The official poster is released for The Force Awakens.
Hamill states there was no question that he would reprise his role as Luke Skywalker for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He confirms Fisher will also reprising her role as Princess Leia.
I don’t know if I’m even allowed to tell people I’m in the new movie. What happened was we were at some event that George [Lucas] was at and he asked us through his people to have lunch with him. I said [to my wife, Mary Lou] ‘There’s something big going on,’ and Mary Lou said, ‘Maybe he’s going to do another trilogy.’ And I laughed out loud, because he had specifically told me he would never do another after the prequels…He said, ‘If you don’t wanna be in it we won’t recast, we’ll well write you out.’ I was in a state of shock and tried to keep a poker face. Carrie immediately went, ‘I’m in!’…If I had said no thousands [of fans] would have shown up at my house [like the villagers in Frankenstein.] Not with pitchforks, but lightsabers.
Lucas is asked about Star Wars trailers by Colbert at the Tribeca Film Festival.
I have seen the first one. I just saw what was on CBS but I’m going to try to look at it. I want to see it on the big screen.
About the film:
Well, you know, I hope it’s successful. I hope they do a great job. I’m excited…I have no idea what they’re doing.
In turn Lucas asks Colbert why he did not take over The Daily Show:
Trevor Noah is a very funny guy. I don’t want to be the guy to take over for Jon Stewart. I worked for Jon Stewart at that show and my memories will always be of him being the keenest, most intelligent . . . the clearest thinker I have ever worked with before and I just don’t want to. I would never get underneath his shadow. For me, someone who doesn’t know him as well . . . might have a better time on that show than I ever would.
Lucasfilm releases the second trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the annual Star Wars Celebration event held in Anaheim, California.