The Force Awakens Bits: More Box Office Records Shattered, A Trio of Amazing Posters, John Boyega’s Lightsaber Duel With David Beckham
Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Another day, another round-up of all the great Star Wars: The Force Awakens news you’ve missed because you’re too busy living a proper life with family and friends and such! In today’s edition:
- The Force Awakens continues to be a monster at the box office.
- Several gorgeous new posters show off the newest Star Wars heroes.
- You can now buy Poe Dameron’s jacket, if you can pull it off.
- John Williams chats about working with George Lucas and J.J. Abrams.
- Panavision built special lenses just for The Force Awakens.
- John Boyega challenges David Beckham to a lightsaber duel.
With a record breaking Tuesday gross of $37.3 million (previously held by The Amazing Spider-Man with $35 million), Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the fastest film to reach $300 million in the United States. Worldwide, it’s knocking on the door of $700 million. Right now, the big race is going to be between The Force Awakens and Jurassic World, but it’s possible to imagine a scenario where Star Wars gives Avatar a run for its money. Maybe. Possibly. It’s going to need the strongest legs imaginable.
Speaking of box office, The Force Awakens broke the record for biggest weekend gross at a single theater, making $715,000 over three days at the Arclight theater in Los Angeles. The previous record holder was The Dark Knight Rises, which made $594,000 over one weekend at the Empire 25 in New York City.
Some lucky audiences who saw The Force Awakens in IMAX 3D in select AMC theaters were given this poster, which really is a thing of beauty. All we need now is a proper Poe Dameron pin-up.
And you know what? Pretty soon you can start posing like Poe Dameron. All you need is a couple hundred bucks and Oscar Isaac‘s dashing good looks. Not everyone can pull off that jacket, but maybe, just maybe, you can. Maybe.
BMI has published a lengthy interview with legendary composer John Williams and it’s a treat. The man behind the theme music for Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and so many more can’t open his mouth without saying something deeply interesting. Here’s one highlight, where he discusses what it’s like to create Star Wars music for both George Lucas and J.J. Abrams:
But George Lucas and J.J. Abrams have very different working styles. With George, who grew up with thirty-five millimeter film… George’s editing was constructed almost like Hitchcock. I mean the edit that I received was the edit we scored.
In the case of J.J. Abrams, he is a young man, still under 50, and he has grown up with Pro Tools and Avid and all the rest of these electronic and technological aids that people have now. And so his editing process is very different. We were making changes up till the very last minute, and because of this, we recorded with the orchestra sporadically through the months of June to November, which we never did with George. With George we always recorded the scores in seven or eight days running. So the process was markedly different in that respect. J.J. made, with great facility, a lot of changes all the time and they were always improvements. And we were glad to see them because he knew what he shot; we did not. We only knew what we had seen.
And so I guess you could say that it was almost like working with two different generations of varying technologies. We know George for the wonderful creator, philanthropist, and the serious man that he is. J.J. Abrams is a fabulous person. He is warm and extremely smart, with a beautiful family. He is someone I hope that the public will get to know because he is a very, very valuable man who will have a fantastic and long career.