Box Office: “Force Awakens” to an opening weekend record

boxofficeGlowing reviews (for the most part) and fan hysteria are driving “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”” to the all-time opening weekend record at the box office.

A staggering $250 million+ is projected, based on Thursday night/Friday’s numbers. Better than the best of the Potters, hungrier than any “Hunger Games.” It may pass the total take of the latest “Hunger Games” blockbuster on just its opening weekend. Big. Really big. Is everybody seeing it thrilled with it? Not likely. But some are going a second time already, so it’s reaching its audience. For sure.

That godawful “Chipmunks” sequel is hitting the mid-teens on its opening weekend.For God’s sake, think of the CHILDREN. $14 million? Ugh.

That’s just ahead of “Sisters,” which got decent reviews but is just getting the wind sucked out of it by the SW beast.

“Creed” may reach $100 million by year’s end. “Hunger Games” is at $254 or will be by Sunday night. Three grossly overrated rehashes making bank. No wonder J.J. Abrams didn’t do a damned thing with the “Star Wars” formula. People like their movie comfort food, especially this year.

“Spotlight” has been the biggest hit among the Oscar contenders, with “The Big Short” going into limited release and doing quite well per screen.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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