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THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH 'SITH':Star Wars Film Breaks 'Passion' Advance Ticket Record (by 5x!)
PR Newswire ^ | Week of May 6-13 2005

Posted on 05/15/2005 2:59:40 PM PDT by gopwinsin04

Fandango, the nation's largest online and phone movie ticketing service, is already reporting that Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is slated to be the top selling title in the company's five year history.

The film is positioned to dethrone the former ticketed champ, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

SITH has seen a 75% week over week continious increase in ticket sales.

An astounding 80% of US film fans responding to a Fandango poll said they planned to see SITH the opening weekend.

SITH has accounted for 79% of Fandango's weekly ticket sails. Moviegoer anticiapation is so high that the company is selling tickets for a theatre that hasn't opened yet.

'The force is strong with this one,' said Fandango presdient and CEO Art Levitt.

'The final installment of the Star Wars saga is clearly attracting not only long time fans, but mainstream ticketbuyers throught the country.'

'Based on our advanced sales, SITH will likely enjoy one of the largest box office opening weekends in history.'

(Excerpt) Read more at biz.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; revengeofthesith; rotk; thepassion
This one is going to be a monster. 120 million opening weekend?
1 posted on 05/15/2005 2:59:41 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

Fandango got my money already. I've got my 12:01am tickets for Wednesday night!


2 posted on 05/15/2005 3:03:00 PM PDT by Rob_DSM
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To: Rob_DSM
I haven't decided whether I want to fully 'geek out' and do the Wednesday show.

I know one of the managers at the local theatre so he will save me a seat...

3 posted on 05/15/2005 3:06:24 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

Be prepared for many preachings and cheers from the Left.
http://my.aol.com/news/news_story.psp?type=4&cat=0800&id=2005051513360001170132


4 posted on 05/15/2005 3:06:33 PM PDT by LoudAmericanCowboy (''If the president just does more of the same every day...I may be handed Lebanon..."-John F'n Kerry)
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To: LoudAmericanCowboy

Not that i wouldn't see it.


5 posted on 05/15/2005 3:06:53 PM PDT by LoudAmericanCowboy (''If the president just does more of the same every day...I may be handed Lebanon..."-John F'n Kerry)
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To: gopwinsin04

This is the one we've been waiting for. I couldn't imagine seeing it any other way than in full geek mode, surrounded by my fellow nerds. LOL! I am no longer in denial.


6 posted on 05/15/2005 3:12:01 PM PDT by Rob_DSM
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To: gopwinsin04

It's a frickin' space opera...Buck Rogers with better graphics. Lucas is laughing a wookie laugh while the bucks roll in.


7 posted on 05/15/2005 3:12:23 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Rob_DSM

lmao! Full geek ahead captain...


8 posted on 05/15/2005 3:13:50 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: snarks_when_bored

The critics have been kind this time too, Lucas knew all was on the line here and even brought in Speilburg for assistance.


9 posted on 05/15/2005 3:15:37 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: LoudAmericanCowboy

AOL is really hoping to stir things up!


10 posted on 05/15/2005 3:19:44 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

I'm an Original Trilogy fan. Have been since 1983. My attic
is full of collectible toys and I have a lightsaber autographed by Mark Hamill. I've loved most things about the Galaxy Far, Far Away for a long time, and I was an adult in '83, so this isn't some 'my childhood memories have been ruined' thing.
I'm not going to see ROTS. I didn't see AOTC.
Lucas lost me at TPM. That was sad. 20 years, unlimited funds and technology and we got that.
I should envy those of you who anticipate this film and who will enjoy it, but I don't.
You should envy me- because I remember when SW was a 'modern myth', and aspired to be more than a 'kiddie movie'.
Lucas can tell whatever story he likes, the way he likes- but the Prequel films will never be incorporated into 'my' Star Wars.
It's part of the culture now- deeply personal- and it hasn't belonged just to Lucas in a long time. Whatever he set out to make- it has passed into modern myth in a way. He can ruin it for some by making it a stupid commercial for toys, but not for everyone.
What he's done is serve up a Star Wars buffet.
I'll pass the creamed cauliflower and liver( the PT) and go for the good stuff,( the OT). Bon appetit!


11 posted on 05/15/2005 3:27:18 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: ClearBlueSky

I thin Lucas has returned to his roots with this film. No more kid stuff...


12 posted on 05/15/2005 3:30:26 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04
I'll wait as long as it takes to see this movie when it is sold on DVD.

My desire to see this movie is vastly overcome by my grumpy desire to avoid:
a) Noisy, rude children of all ages
b) Smacking open-mouth chewing imbeciles
c) Slurping drink noises from said imbeciles
d) Smells of an unknown nature
e) Cell-phones ringing during the movie
f) Sticky floors (and seats and arm-rests)
g) Unsolicited geekish comments that will surely be uttered aloud during the film (just to show everyone how clued in they are)
h) Screaming babies because the "parents" won't/can't get a sitter so they choose to inflict upon everyone their little darlings temper-tantrums

Just me talking.
13 posted on 05/15/2005 3:31:12 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: gopwinsin04

CUT from Cannes Film Festival:

Cannes film festival (May 11-kick off), star wars raises questions of U.S. imperialism http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/13776.html
DAVID GERMAIN | Associated Press
May 15, 2005

Cannes audiences made blunt comparisons between "Revenge of the Sith" _ the story of Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side and the rise of an emperor through warmongering _ to President Bush's war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq.

Two lines from the movie especially resonated:

"This is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause," bemoans Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) as the galactic Senate cheers dictator-in-waiting Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) while he announces a crusade against the Jedi.

"If you're not with me, then you're my enemy," Hayden Christensen's Anakin _ soon to become villain Darth Vader _ tells former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). The line echoes Bush's international ultimatum after the Sept. 11 attacks, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

"When he says, 'If you're not with me, then you're my enemy," it's a flagrant reference to Bush," said 22-year-old Thomas Tiez, a French student who saw the film at Cannes. "That can't be a coincidence."

"That quote is almost a perfect citation of Bush," said Liam Engle, a 23-year-old French-American aspiring filmmaker. "Plus, you've got a politician trying to increase his power to wage a phony war."

Though the plot was written years ago, "The anti-Bush diatribe is clearly there," Engle said.

The film opens Wednesday in parts of Europe and Thursday in the United States and many other countries.


14 posted on 05/15/2005 3:31:21 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Gunrunner2
We've got lucky in that a new high class megaplex opened in our neighborhood, and they ban most children under 14 not accompanied by a parent.

But most parents these days don't even know how to control their kids...

15 posted on 05/15/2005 3:37:31 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: Gunrunner2
b) Smacking open-mouth chewing imbeciles
c) Slurping drink noises from said imbeciles

Amen to these two! Food shouldn't make noise. I'm for the outlaw of chips, popcorn, ice, crunchy candy, etc...if it makes noise when you chew it, open mouthed or otherwise, ban it from the theater. Smackers should be sent to the nearest cow pasture as punishment.

16 posted on 05/15/2005 3:38:09 PM PDT by Textide
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To: gopwinsin04
>>But most parents these days don't even know how to control their kids...<<

Heck. . .most can't even control themselves.
17 posted on 05/15/2005 3:39:08 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: Textide

>>Smackers should be sent to the nearest cow pasture as punishment.<<

To dine on the abundance of cow patties (on whole wheat, of course).


18 posted on 05/15/2005 3:40:34 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: gopwinsin04
I'll give it a few weeks and hit a matinee when the theater is less full...
19 posted on 05/15/2005 3:41:05 PM PDT by OXENinFLA ("And that [Atomic] bomb is a filibuster" ~~~ Sen. Lieberman 1-4-95)
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To: Gunrunner2

True, to combat this I usually go to a late 10:00pm showing, but that doesn't always work.


20 posted on 05/15/2005 3:41:41 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: OXENinFLA
You won't have any problems after the first 3-4 weeks.

Lucas' rules say that the film must stay at least 8-9 weeks in the same huge high quality audio stadiums

21 posted on 05/15/2005 3:43:54 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: fight_truth_decay
Though the plot was written years ago, "The anti-Bush diatribe is clearly there," Engle said.

The really sad part is that more and more we see Hollywood slipping in political propoganda (sp?) that this is credible.

22 posted on 05/15/2005 3:44:14 PM PDT by nosofar
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To: gopwinsin04

I got my advance ticket on 4/25/05 SW geek here!


23 posted on 05/15/2005 3:51:34 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (Freedom is worth FIGHTIN FOR, for if we don't fight for it, we WILL lose it!)
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To: GulfWar1Vet

There are some places showing the whole previous 5 films!


24 posted on 05/15/2005 3:56:46 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

That would be cool to see...From 1 to 6 all in one sequence. I am sure a lot of puzzling pieces will fall into place.


25 posted on 05/15/2005 4:02:59 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (Freedom is worth FIGHTIN FOR, for if we don't fight for it, we WILL lose it!)
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To: gopwinsin04
The film is positioned to dethrone the former ticketed champ, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

It should. RotK sucked big time. I actually nodded off during the cheesy, unneccessary last hour. Awful.

26 posted on 05/15/2005 4:03:59 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Rob_DSM
I've got mine for 12:03am (through a local movie chain.)

This works out great, since I get off work at 11pm.

27 posted on 05/15/2005 4:09:27 PM PDT by Maigrey (Ink free and proud of it.)
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To: gopwinsin04

How many more screens, how much more promotion, and how much more expensive was the film?

People had to rent out theaters to get some of them to even book Passion of the Christ. I don't think anyone had to bend a theater owner's arm to get him to book Star Wars 6.


28 posted on 05/15/2005 4:25:24 PM PDT by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: ClearBlueSky
Lucas can tell whatever story he likes, the way he likes- but the Prequel films will never be incorporated into 'my' Star Wars.

I agree. I am not anticipating seeing this movie, but I must, since I have a 10-year-old who is in full SW Geek Mode right now. I'll have to go preview it before he can see it. IMO, Lucas jumped the shark with the Ewoks and finished it off with Jar-Jar Binks. Stick a fork in it. It's dead.

29 posted on 05/15/2005 4:31:42 PM PDT by StrictTime (Shameless BUMP for Taglinus FreeRepublicus!!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
We did not go to war until after 3,000 people were murdered and billions of dollars of damage were done.

Saddam had broken the peace soon after 1991's agreement when he continued to arm with missiles that were prohibited under the peace agreement. Should we let felons continue to buy guns too?

Kerry and Clinton were arguing the case for war against Saddam back in 1997 and 1998. They said that we did not quickly run up on the war, that it was a continuation of Saddam's rogue acts.

With the terrorists strike on US soil, the nature of response escalated. Saddam Hussein was funding international terrorism even if he was not funding Al Qaeda (jury is still out on whether he trained such missions). He did fund Harms and the families of homicide bombers in Israel.

Since he was quite clearly working on programs to acquire WMD (whether he was successful or not) and such weaponry would be difficult for free-agent terrorists to safely develop, transport, and store, it is not unlikely that the two could have formed a partnership in the future. Saddam was already in violation. Taking Saddam down served as warning to other nations including Libya.

Then again, what do French college students know about world politics and war?
30 posted on 05/15/2005 4:33:27 PM PDT by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: weegee

Actually its the other way around. GL wants theaters to upgrade their equipment to digital quality. If GL had his way only digital theaters would be showing his movie.


31 posted on 05/15/2005 4:33:36 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: GulfWar1Vet

GL was quoted recently and GL actually prefers you see the films in the order they were released. IV, V, VI and then I, II and III.


32 posted on 05/15/2005 4:34:26 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: snarks_when_bored
"Lucas is laughing a wookie laugh while the bucks roll in."

I'm sure Hillary is laughing too. I wonder what percentage of the take will end up financing her 2008 campaign?

33 posted on 05/15/2005 4:47:15 PM PDT by Godebert
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To: Godebert

Good question.


34 posted on 05/15/2005 4:51:56 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: nosofar
that this is credible

Remember the source..a "French-American aspiring filmmaker" and sadly enough this review will be repeated by the liberal press here in the US..wait and see.

35 posted on 05/15/2005 5:46:20 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

It seems only by the radical right wing. Its been getting decent reviews in the big liberal rags.


36 posted on 05/15/2005 5:48:04 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: weegee
Don't have to sell it to me. ;)

I have been following the Cannes Film Festival since it began watching for this type of rhetoric. Has been calm so far. Of course the real interviews have not started yet! Remember the Jessica Lange anti-Bush interview/video a few years ago? Lange is back there again in Broken Flowers with Bill Murray and Sharon Stone scheduled to open here in August.

I have just been keeping an eye on the Cannes.

37 posted on 05/15/2005 5:58:29 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: marajade

It definitely will do well at the box office; and rightly so.


38 posted on 05/15/2005 6:00:34 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: ClearBlueSky

I know where you are coming from. I fell in love with the OT when I was a kid and nothing can ever top them, but regardless how relatively poor the prequels have been, I have learned to enjoy them. To me it has become all about the endless story. I've started reading the books, including the adaptation from the ROTS screenplay, and with all of the characters, their stories, and the way they all fit together--the movies have just become a formality for me. I know and love the story, and I'm not going to let stiff acting, corny lines, or Jar Jar interfere with that. But as I say, I completley understand your point of view.


39 posted on 05/15/2005 6:08:32 PM PDT by Rob_DSM
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To: Maigrey

Awesome! It's so much fun to see it with all the hard-core fans at the first showing.


40 posted on 05/15/2005 6:11:34 PM PDT by Rob_DSM
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To: ClearBlueSky

"but the Prequel films will never be incorporated into 'my' Star Wars. "

Adding insult to injury Lucas is apparently intent to banishing from official public view your (and my) original star wars films, and instead only his updated improved slapstickish versions.


41 posted on 05/15/2005 7:37:33 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: Maigrey
I've got mine for 12:03am (through a local movie chain.)

I think it's so neat that you are going to the midnight showing on opening day! My husband is going to the midnight show too, with a good friend of his. He says that he will take me next weekend. :-/ It's okay though, I have to work the next morning and would be a total zombie.

When the LOTR movies came out, I found that there's nothing that can compare to the magic of seeing those opening midnight shows with the rabid fans. Have fun!

42 posted on 05/15/2005 7:58:13 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc ( We cannot change the direction of the wind... but we can adjust our sails.)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc

I'm taking my Mom, who is also a huge sci-fi fan.
She took me when the first one came out, so it's my turn to return the favor.


43 posted on 05/15/2005 8:01:29 PM PDT by Maigrey (Airing out my tagline for Spring cleaning - Use only when necessary)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc

I don't go to movies often - last one was LOTR: ROTK but this one I've been waiting for since I was 3.


44 posted on 05/15/2005 8:05:11 PM PDT by Maigrey (Airing out my tagline for Spring cleaning - Use only when necessary)
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To: Gunrunner2

Too many distractions at home and unless you have a $50,000 entertainment system, it just doesn't compare. Besides, its good to get out of the house for something other than work.


45 posted on 05/15/2005 8:05:57 PM PDT by Clemenza (Senator, my offer to you is this: NOTHING!)
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To: Textide
Amen to these two! Food shouldn't make noise. I'm for the outlaw of chips, popcorn, ice, crunchy candy, etc...if it makes noise when you chew it, open mouthed or otherwise, ban it from the theater. Smackers should be sent to the nearest cow pasture as punishment.

I agree! Those noises bother me as well. I put as much distance between me and where the crowd gravitates as possible and as close to one of the speakers as possible.

46 posted on 05/15/2005 11:45:39 PM PDT by Paul_Denton (Get the U.N. out of the U.S. and U.S. out of the U.N.!)
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To: gopwinsin04

Most of the 3am-6am showings here were empty I am told.


47 posted on 05/19/2005 12:25:14 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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