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Force Awakens Faces Bollywood Holdovers In India

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens is tracking to break box office records in most of the world, it will have real competition in India. When the film hits theaters on Christmas Day it will go up against two huge Bollywood releases: Both Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra open a week earlier on December 18th.

Leading Indian distributor Anil Thadani of A.A. Films tells Variety, “They are both big films and since they are releasing on the same day, one week is not enough to do them justice at the box office.” So the box office performance of those films will determine how many screens Star Wars will get in that country.

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Harrison Ford Contributed to the Script On Set

Over at Moviefone, Lawrence Kasdan talks about writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The most interesting Episode 7 tidbit from the interview comes from how Harrison Ford was involved in the screenwriting process:

Harrison definitely has input. He is so amazing in this movie. And his history during the movie, what he went through. He’s an actual superhero! He’s not a fake superhero. I’ve never seen him better, more generous, or more sweet and giving with everyone and with me. He contributed enormously, as he always did. …  A lot of the writing happened while we were shooting. We had a first draft in six weeks, but then we’ve writing for another two years. It’s really changed a lot over that time. Harrison had a big impact.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Breaks UK Pre-booking Records

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already broken some UK ticket sales records. Theatre chain Vue announced that the film has now sold 290,000 tickets at its UK venues alone, overtaking the previous record of 284,850 tickets held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, which was released five years ago.

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