Force Awakens Unlikely To Take Avatar’s Crown

According to The Hollywood Reporter, box office record-breaking The Force Awakens is unlikely to beat Avatar globally.

Update (27th Feb 2016) : It looks like The Force Awakens has indeed settled into third place globally in the all-time rankings. Current global takings according to Box Office Mojo are $2,041 Million, just under $150 Million short of Titanic at second place. As Star Wars Episode 7’s run is almost over and talk of the Blu-ray has already begun, it is unlikely TFA will overtake Titanic globally.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been at the cinema less than a month but has already more than revived the sci-fi franchise with a record-breaking $1.75 billion box-office haul. Disney and Lucasfilm’s seventh chapter in the space-opera saga has quickly notched the third-highest box-office gross of all time. And it is now on track to sink James Cameron’s 1997 adventure-romance Titanic — which earned $2.19 billion in ticket sales (including $200 million made when the film was re-released in 2012) — for the No. 2 spot.

James Cameron's Titanic
James Cameron’s Titanic

But the Oscar-winning director looks set to maintain bragging rights: The Force Awakens likely won’t topple the $2.79 billion Cameron’s 2009 fantasy Avatar earned to become the world’s top-grossing film. Why? Force isn’t as strong in parts of Asia and Latin America, where Star Warsdoesn’t have the same legacy as it does in North America and more mature markets. It’s also a faster burn, meaning it likely won’t stay in theaters as long as Avatar did.

Domestically, Force Awakens already has shot past Avatar ‘s $760.5 million to become the No. 1 film of all time with more than $815 million in receipts to date. Overseas, analysts say current projections show it will top out at $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion for a payout in the $2.1 billion to $2.3 billion range. (More bullish forecasts say $2.4 billion.) That would include north of $900 million domestically.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens made its first billion in a record 12 days and has added another $700 million-plus in an additional 14 days. As in all box-office trajectories, the higher the altitude, the tougher it becomes to rack up sales at the kind of breakneck pace as in the beginning of the run,” says Rentrak’s Paul Dergarabedian.

“No matter what, the film is an absolute, all-out blockbuster without peer in terms of the sheer speed at which it has crossed all of these major box-office milestones. With very few box-office frontiers to conquer, including the $1 billion mark in North America, and a penciled-in reservation in the exclusive $2 billion club, if Force Awakens winds up sandwiched between the two biggest movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic, no one associated with the film will be singing the Jedi blues. They’ll be celebrating this dream scenario result.”

Avatar, released in late 2009, earned an astounding $2 billion internationally, where it played for months.

A huge question for Force Awakens is China, where it opened Jan. 9 to a record-breaking $53 million. Analysts covering China believe it could ultimately earn $200 million to $300 million in the Middle Kingdom.

Star Wars The Force Awakens
Star Wars The Force Awakens

Even if it doesn’t become the top-grossing film of all time, Wall Street analyst Eric Handler of MKM Partners says Force Awakens is a giant victory for Disney, which paid George Lucas $4 billion for Lucasfilm in order to get its hands on the iconic franchise and hit the restart button.

“It’s been a great month for Disney. You have a movie that is going to gross $2.2 billion or $2.3 billion at the box office and you haven’t even gotten to home entertainment. And then there’s the $600 million in consumer products revenue. And they are building Star Wars Land at Disneyland,” Handler says. “It’s fueling so much within the Disney eco-structure. 

Handler says Force Awakens is already generating huge interest in spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters Dec. 16. Star Wars: Episode VIII opens a little more than five months later on May 26.

Star Wars mania,” he adds, “is running wild.”

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer 3

It’s finally here.

After getting teased with 10 second mini teasers, the official full length Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer is out there for all to see!

The trailer looks great, a slow pace to start with introducing the main female protagonist called Rey, I hear rumors that she is a Skywalker relative, but I’m trying to avoid spoilers – impossible I know!

 

Star wars trailer 3 Xwing
Star wars trailer 3 Xwing

After a menacing promise from Kylo Ren, the trailer explodes with classic star wars scenes including dog fights, chases and blaster duels.

 

Star Wars Trailer 3 Han Solo
Star Wars Trailer 3 Han Solo

The movie The Force Awakens is out December 18th.

Star Wars Landspeeder

Luke Skywalker owned a SoroSuub X-34 landspeeder which he convinced his Uncle Owen to purchase.

This was so that Luke could use the landspeeder to inspect and maintain the moisture vaporators on his Uncle’s farm.

The open cockpit seats a driver and a passenger and includes magnetic clamps behind the seats that can secure droids or small cargo modules.

X-34 Landspeeder
X-34 Land speeder

The windshield is designed to close fully as a sealed bubble, but Luke keeps the cockpit open as he hasn’t fixed the rear of the cockpit shield.

Luke enjoyed racing his Star Wars Landspeeder across Tatooine’s desert flats and through the deep ravines of the Dune Sea.

With his friends he practices shooting womp rats with his laser rifle while racing at almost maximum speed!

Like any landspeeder, Luke’s vehicle hovers in flight and can also hover when parked made possible by repulsor lifts. A control lever can adjust the ride height  by varying power to the repulsor emitters.

After the death of Luke’s Uncle and Aunt, Luke agrees to join Ben Kenobi to leave Tatooine and travel to Alderaan.  In order to do so, he has to sell his landspeeder for 2000 credits in order to pay Han Solo for a ride to Alderaan in the Millennium Falcon.

Thrilling Star Wars Vs Portal Lightsaber duel!

Have you seen this superb fast action lightsaber fight?

Then a portal gun is produced (from the video game Portal) at add extra spice to the mix.

See what happens at the end!

Lightsaber Portal Fight
Lightsaber Portal Fight

I love it when really cool fan videos like this are made, they have a rawness to them that you just wouldn’t get in a proper movie.

I also like the fusion of including a geeky weapon that only gamers would even be aware of.

VERY COOL!

Awesome Speeder Bike Star Wars Moments

I loved the Imperial Speeder Bike as featured in Return Of The Jedi.

Whizzing through the trees at breakneck speed offered on a Speeder Bike was some of the best action scenes in a sci-fi movie.

The 74-Z speeder bike was a military variant of the civilian 74-Y.

Speeder bike Star Wars
Speeder bike Star Wars

Manufactured by Aratech Repulsor Company, these speeder bikes were capable of reaching speeds up to and beyond 500 kph and could fly up to a height of 25 m.

The speeder bikes main purpose was for reconnaissance purposes but could also be used for rapidly transporting troops in combat zones.

The bikes were controlled by handlebars which controlled direction and the footpedals controlled speed and height.

The 74-Z was also equipped with a comlink, a jammer device and a rotating blaster cannon.

 

Speeder bikes in real life.

Somebody has managed to build a speeder bike using quad copter tech:


A real life prototype has also been made:

21 Most Famous Star Wars Quotes

Obi Wan High Ground

With over six Star Wars movies, there many memorable, most famous Star Wars quotes.

In this article I look over the very best Star Wars quotes including the most famous Mos Eisley quote (!) , Darth Vader quotes and some funny Star Wars quotes.  U have also included some Obi Wan Kenobi quotes, some of my favorites and I try to skip the most obvious Star Wars lines, so enjoy …

  1. Asteroids do not concern me Admiral, I want that ship, not excuses.

    Darth Vader
    For some reason I love this quote, it is kind of random but also threatening in a classic Vader tone.
  2. The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.

    Qui-Gon Jinn
    This is funny, not so funny was the major role Jar Jar Binks played in The Phantom Menace!
  3. Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?

    Princess Leia Organa
    Sassy, sexy and demeaning. Brilliant!
  4. That’s no moon, it’s a space station.

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    One of the very best Obi Wan quotes, made better by the fact Han Solo quickly dismisses it and then quickly finds out he is wrong.
  5. Evacuate in our moment of triumph? I think you over-estimate their chances.

    Grand Moff Tarkin
    Fateful and brilliantly delivered just before the first Death Star’s destruction.
  6. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    Another classic Obi Wan Kenobi quote, with a touch of the Force.
  7. And I thought they smelled bad on the outside!

    Han Solo
    Clever one liner during the only time we will see Han Solo operate a lightsaber.
  8. Never tell me the odds!

    Han Solo
    From one of my favourite scenes during a frenzied tangle with an asteroid field.
  9. What a piece of junk!

    Luke Skywalker
    A bravely declaration, prompted by a young hotshot’s first look at the Millennium Falcon.
  10. Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    Obi Wan sets the scene for what is to come. A classic Mos Eisley quote.
  11. Apology accepted Captain Needa.

    Darth Vader
    Typical Vader cool after a quick murder.
  12. It’s against my programming to impersonate a deity!

    C-3PO
    One of 3PO’s funnier lines providing a light hearted look at an impending cannibalistic feast.
  13. Why do I get the feeling you are going to be the death of me?

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    Clever and ironic Obi Wan quote that foretells what will happen in a few decades.
  14. Travelling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops boy!

    Han Solo
    Solo putting Luke down a peg or two.
  15. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.

    Darth Vader
    Vader proves there is always a bigger fish (see what I did there?).
  16. The Force is strong with this one.

    Darth Vader
    The only reference that implies Vader might know there is another Jedi in the A New Hope.
  17. I suggest a new strategy Artoo, let the Wookie win!

    C-3PO
    A rare quiet moment in a New Hope during a game of Holochess onboard the Millennium Falcon.
  18. When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not.

    Yoda
    Poor old Yoda winding down to transcend to the Force.
  19. It’s a trap!

    Admiral Ackbar
    Became a famous Internet Meme decades after the movie was released.
  20. You don’t want to sell me death sticks … You want to go home and rethink your life.

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    One of my favorite funny scenes from the prequel trilogy.
  21. I find your lack of faith disturbing

    Darth Vader

    Possibly one of the best lines as Vader makes his point.
  22. When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master.

    Darth Vader
    Another Vader classic dripping with destiny.

360 degrees Star Wars Video

Wow, incredible 360 Degrees video from Star Wars The Force Awakens is released on Facebook!

Star Wars 360 video
Star Wars 360 video

 

In a very clever marketing promotion, Disney have launched a ground breaking 360 degrees immersive video showcasing a scene from the forthcoming Star Wars The Force Awakens movie.

It seems, you can only play the video from facebook, as the video uses brand new technology that allows you to look around at will while the video is being played.

 

Click here to Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.

Did You Know Star Wars DL-44 Blasters are Gas Powered?

Those colored laser bolts that Star Wars DL-44 blasters fire have to come from somewhere you know

In fact, blasters don’t even fire lasers.

All Star Wars blasters whether pistols, rifles or heavy cannons, use the same basic principle.


So uncivilized” Obi Wan Kenobi

 

Star Wars Blaster
Star Wars DL-44 Blaster

 

To operate, Star Wars blasters need to be loaded with a cartridge of high energy gas (typically from the gas mines of Tibanna) in addition to being charged with a power pack.

The main core tech inside the blaster called an XCiter converts the released gas as it is excited by energy from the power pack.

Once supercharged, the extremely high energy gas passes through a crystal or lens generating a deadly particle beam fired from the blasters nozzle as a bolt of energy also known as a blaster bolt.

The colour of the blaster bolt is determined by the lens crystal and type of gas used.

Most blaster pistols (the most common blaster type) weighed about 500 grams and required a new power pack every 100 shots, and a new gas cartridge every 500 shots.

 

Hokey religions and Ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side Kid” Han Solo

 

Solo's DL-44 blaster
Solo’s DL-44 blaster

 

Han Solo carried a heavy type pistol called a DL-44 which could blast large chunks out of stone walls and was powerful enough to penetrate stormtrooper armour.

Because of this, the Empire placed a restriction order on the DL-44 and effectively outlawed the weapon.

To facilitate his quick-draw, Solo removed the barrel-sight from his DL-44 which was considered by the Empire as an illegal modification.

 

The Wonderful Atari Star Wars Arcade Game

Star Wars Arcade Game

I have great memories of the Atari Star Wars arcade game which was released back in 1983.

The video arcade was at the height of its popularity and bearing in mind the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, it is quite astonishing really that among all the space invader type games of the era, the Atari Star Wars game was the first ever Star Wars arcade game.

I remember the first time I came across a cabinet in a seaside arcade, which was the sit down version.  I was probably 7 or 8 years old.

I climbed inside the cabinet and was immediately dazzled by the seemingly life like 3D graphics.

 

Trust me, in the early-mid Eighties wireframe graphics was 3D!  

 

The digitized audio sound effects and actual speech samples also made the game seem real.

The fast moving graphics were ground breaking at the time so the game required customized beefed up hardware with separate processors to handle the video and audio.

The controller, which didn’t look out of place in an X-wing cockpit, was also inspired ; based on a military version of Battlezone another older game that used wireframe 3D but at a much slower pace.

Atari Star Wars
Atari Star Wars

The Star Wars arcade game featured three main sections, a dogfight in space shooting at Tie Fighters, a run across the surface of the Death Star avoiding enemy towers and firing turrets and finally a Death Star Trench run where the pilot has to avoid turret fire and trench structures. At the end of the tench run the player is asked to fire into the Exhaust port and if judged correctly successfully destroying the Death Star.

 

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Before the game actually starts, the player is allowed to choose which level of difficulty to begin at, with compensating bonus scores for each higher level of play. Then the battle begins, and the incredibly smooth first person perspective and 3-D effects take over.

Stand up Star Wars arcade game
Stand up Star Wars arcade game

The steering mechanism and four built-in triggers enable pinpoint shooting and flying accuracy as well as rapid-fire. The four laser-cannons that are located on the sides and bottom of the video monitor hit the cross-hair in the center of the screen, which is controlled by the steering mechanism that also controls the direction of your ship. The mechanism is a good copy of the x-wing firing triggers in the movie.

During the game, you are assaulted by fireballs and lasers, which you must destroy or avoid. Each hit on your ship destroys one of your shields. Any collision will also lose you a shield and the game ends when you run out of shields and you get hit. You do, however, receive an additional shield every time you destroy the Death Star.

The game featured a dramatic state-of-the-art for the time, color vector graphics system that produces surprisingly realistic effects. The sound track includes familiar voices of Luke Skywalker “Red Five standing by.”, “I cannot shake him!”, “This is Red Five. I’m going in!”, etc., Obi-Wan Kenobi “Use The Force, Luke!”, “Remember, The Force will be with you. Always.”, etc., Han Solo “Yahoo! You are all clear, kid!”, Darth Vader “I have you now!”, “The Force is strong with this one!”, etc., Wedge, and even R2D2 various beeps and electronic sounds, documented in the manual as “Yes”, “No”, “I agree”, “Sequence completed”, “Ouch!”, and “That really hurt.”. There are also seven different musical tunes from the movie that are played throughout the game including the Star Wars Theme, Ben’s Theme and the Mos Eisley Cantina Band’s number.

Your Favorite Star Wars Expanded Universe Books

Dark Empire

I have a Star Wars confession to make.

It is well known to most Star Wars fans that in the early Nineties when Star Wars fever was seemingly at its lowest, a book came out called Heir To The Empire by Timothy Zahn.

Heir to the empire

This one book became a best seller and seemed to show to the world including George Lucas that there was still an appetite for Star Wars and prompted many more books to be published many of which were set several years after the events of Return of the Jedi. This new found fever would gradually culminate into the Special Edition movies and the announcement of a new prequel trilogy.

Sorry, I’ll get back to my confession… during the mid-Nineties I devoured these new Star Wars Expanded Universe books. They were pretty much all I read for about three or four years.

Dark Empire

I’m not surprised at all that Disney announced that the EU stories would no longer count as part of the Starwars canon.

It just would have been too complicated to produce three more movies that kept consistent with the complex tapestry that is the Expanded Universe.

Looking back twenty-odd years later (it feels strange just saying that) some of the books were awful and are probably better forgotten.

However, some of the books in my opinion were as cool as the original movies that inspired them.

Jedi Academy Trilogy

Here are some of my favorite Expanded Universe Star Wars books :

Dark Empire by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy

Actually a graphic novel with a story squeezed in between Zahn’s Heir Trilogy and the Jedi Academy Trilogy depicting the return of the Emperor. Luke decides to join the Emperor in an attempt to master and defeat the Dark Side.

Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J Anderson

Exciting and dark adventures about the foundation of Luke’s academy.  Anderson attempts to one-up the Death Star’s menace and almost succeeds with a sleek fighter weapon that can destroy entire star systems.

Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina

I actually loved all three of the Tales… books, each author was given a chapter to write a short story on a character that might have only been given a few seconds of screen time. The stories are surprisingly good and always consistent with the events that happened in the movies.

X-wing Book Series by Michael A Stackpole

Inspired not only by the movies but also the Xwing computer games, these brilliant books centered on Wedge Antilles Rogue One squadron of pilots adventures. Surprisingly adult, with occasional mature themes but plenty of space dog fighting action, something I think the prequel movies forgot about! 😉

The Han Solo Trilogy by A C Crispin

Not to be confused with The Han Solo Adventures another trilogy written long before in the late Seventies, these more modern books detail Solo’s earliest years, his first love and how he became a love-able scoundrel.