• ‘Star Wars’ returns to PH cinemas Friday

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    In response to deafening clarmor from fans, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens will return to regular Philippine cinemas on January 8.

    The Force Awakens has been showered universal praise since it hit theaters worldwide in mid-December. Besides garnering a Best Picture nomination from America’s Broadcast Film Critics Association, it has also shattered box office records.

    Most recently, the seventh film in the Star Wars saga blew past the domestic grosses of both Jurassic World ($652.3 million) and Titanic ($658.7 million) to become the second-highest earner of all time with $740.3 million in just 19 days of release.

    Just a week ago, Disney announced that The Force Awakens had become the studio’s highest grossing film of all time in terms of domestic box office, surpassing Marvel superhero film The Avengers from 2012. The meteoric rise of The Force Awakens is particularly notable, given that it took the film only 13 days to pass the total gross of The Avengers over its entire run in US theaters.

    Internationally, The Force Awakens is currently the seventh highest-grossing film of all time with almost $1.4 billion in ticket sales so far. However, the film has yet to open in China, the second largest market in the world—meaning that it’s likely to get a big boost when it premieres there on January 9.

    Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take fans back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

    The movie only had a weeklong run in Philippine Cinemas after opening on December 17 to give way to the all-Filipino run of the Metro Manila Film Festival entries nationwide.

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