In our next edition of Star Wars Bits, you can find information about the following:
- How much money will Star Wars: The Force Awakens Make at the worldwide box office? Can it beat Avatar or Titanic?
- Details and aspect ratio comparison for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens IMAX release.
- A new Star Wars Battlefront video which seems to tease a new Squadron Fighter mode.
- Walmart is preparing for Force Friday and have apparently informed employees of four Star Wars events to help drive sales.
- A New rumored home video release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Spoilers: A new fan theory on who Felicity Jones could be playing in Star Wars: Rogue One.
- And of course, the header image which is one of the many paper sculptures created by Kirigami paper artist Marc Hagan-Guirey, a.k.a. Paper Dandy. See more of his work here.
We’ve already talked about how much Star Wars: The Force Awakens could make domestically, but now Stifel analysts Benjamin Mogil and Kevin Lee Hon Siong are projecting that the film could gross around $2.2 billion globally, a figure which would eclipse the GDP of 22 countries. Here is an excerpt from Business Insider:
Mogil and Siong suggest that there are two major tailwinds for this movie. First, the number of IMAX screens has nearly doubled, and the number of 3D screens has nearly quadrupled since 2009. And second, international markets like China, Russia, and Latin America have seen “significant” screen and box office growth. However, there is one wildcard factor: the movie’s release date in China. “There is a strong inverse correlation in Chinese box office performance from the release date duration between the global data and the Chinese data, owing to piracy,” Mogil and Siong wrote.
A $2.2 billion box office take would beat Titanic’s $2.186 billion and Jurassic World’s $1.559 billion, but not Avatar’s $2.788 billion. I still think there is a chance that the new Star Wars movie could best Avatar but analysts are skeptical. I’m sure the box office projections will increase as we get closer to December.
MakingStarWars published a report claiming to be information on the IMAX presentation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the image above included in the report is fun, and accurate, some of the claims in the report are just untrue. The person, who says he was invited to help install The Force Awakens in his local IMAX projector a week upon release and claims he was given the complete specs of the presentation:
- Some IMAX theaters will present the film in true 70mm film, presenting the 70MM shot scenes in its full screen glory. While I don’t know this to be true, this sounds plausible — although IMAX doesn’t have many 70mm IMAX locations left.
- There will be two 70MM prints running through the IMAX projector to have the film play in IMAX 3D. That is how IMAX does 3D in 70mm, so that seems accurate. But the report claims “rest assured it’s not the gimmick post converted 3D.” That is untrue. The film was shot on film and was post converted to 3D. It is post converted 3D. period.
- The report also seems to insinuate that the expanded aspect ratio of the 70MM IMAX presentation will not play in the Digital IMAX theaters, which is slightly inaccurate. Digital IMAX should expand to full screen during the one sequence shot with IMAX cameras. Yes, the 70mm IMAX presentation will have a very slightly vertically higher aspect ratio, but not by much.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love IMAX. But some of the details here are being misrepresented.