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Welcome to today’s super-sized edition of The Force Awakens Bits, your one-stop shop for all news pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today:

  • The Force Awakens hits two more significant box office milestones.
  • A very surprising “sequel” comic with a special guest.
  • How Kylo Ren and BB-8’s voices were created.
  • Meet Chloe Bruce, Daisy Ridley‘s stunt double.
  • Two clever new pieces of The Force Awakens fan art.
  • A short film examining how The Force Awakens was projected in IMAX.
  • How to build your own BB-8 for only $120.
  • The Raiders of the Lost Ark joke smuggled into the sound mix.
  • A Solo family portrait… and its darker Netflix series spin-off.
  • Did Star Wars kneecap The Hunger Games at the box office?
  • And more!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has probably just passed its final two box office milestones. After 53 days in release, the film has crossed $2 billion at the international box office, with over $900 million of that coming from the domestic market. The Force Awakens is only the third film in history to break $2 billion and it now occupies a club previously owned only by James Cameron. However, there is a downside to this. While it achieved these numbers in record time, The Force Awakens isn’t showcasing the legs of Avatar and it won’t even come close to dethroning it as international box office champion. However, it still has a shot at toppling Titanic and taking second place if things continue to go just right. It’ll be close.

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Speaking of box office, Lionsgate co-chairman Rob Friedman has decided to partially blame the success of The Force Awakens for the disappointing gross of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. In a statement that is going to cause more than a few eyes to roll, Friedman answered questions about Mockingjay‘s failure with “I think the combination of circumstances was unique between the terrorist attack in Europe and Star Wars.” He went on to say that the success of The Force Awakens “hit our numbers by somewhere between $50M and $100M.” Of course, he has to say something to keep investors happy as the company’s stock takes a huge tumble, but Mockingjay was out for a full month before Star Wars and it was underperforming for that entire month. So this is what B.S. smells like…

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In lighter news, someone decided to create a Solo family photo, reflecting a simpler time. You know, before everything really went to hell with murdering and betraying and such. However, someone else decided to take this concept and perfect it, resulting in the gem you see below:

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Artist Stephen Bryne has gone and drawn the only Star Wars: The Force Awakens sequel story you will ever need. They might as well just call up Rian Johnson and cancel Star Wars: Episode 8. After all, how can you top a comic that begins with this:

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And ends with this?

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You can check the whole thing over at Geeks Are Sexy.

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