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'Star Wars' film hits one-day record of $50M
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Posted on 05/20/2005 2:53:40 PM PDT by GulliverSwift

LOS ANGELES — The last of the "Star Wars" movies has done what no movie in history has ever accomplished — sold $50 million worth of tickets in a single day.

"Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith" grossed $50,013,859 from showings at 3,661 theaters and more than 9,000 screens around the country Thursday, including special midnight shows, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

That beat the one-day record set in May 2004 by "Shrek 2," which sold $44.8 million on a single Saturday — its fourth day in theaters.

The George Lucas film, which features the transformation of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker into the evil Darth Vader, also beat the opening day record held by "Spider-Man 2," which grossed $40.4 million when it opened on a Wednesday last June.

"Fifty million is a good opening weekend, let alone a single day," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations. "This is the box-office equivalent of a 100-year flood."

It is almost assured the film will push well past the $100 million mark for its opening weekend.

The only question is — how far?

"The sky's the limit on how well this film could do," Dergarabedian said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; revengeofthesith; starwars
Haven't seen it yet. I guess the playwrite Lucas hired really did fixed up the script, except for the political lines.
1 posted on 05/20/2005 2:53:41 PM PDT by GulliverSwift
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To: GulliverSwift

I'll download it tonight on alt.binaries.movies for free.


2 posted on 05/20/2005 2:55:08 PM PDT by lormand (George W. Bush is saving your ass, whether you like it or not.)
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To: GulliverSwift

Heard the local talk-show guys talking about the underlying anti-Iraq anti-Bush message throughout the movie. Anyone know if there's any truth to that?


3 posted on 05/20/2005 3:01:34 PM PDT by bigLusr (Quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur)
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To: GulliverSwift

well good they will be able to afford my refund for the theater not having any dts,ac3 surround sound or midget making sound effects for me.


4 posted on 05/20/2005 3:04:34 PM PDT by aft_lizard (This space waiting for a post election epiphany)
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To: bigLusr

I keep hearing it and tons of vitriol from those who just take whoever's word for it without actually seeing the movie...

stuff like that makes me want to see it for myself more than anything....

I think this film may be the first billion dollar theatre flick....


5 posted on 05/20/2005 3:04:52 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: GulliverSwift

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1407272/posts


6 posted on 05/20/2005 3:06:24 PM PDT by Borges
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To: aft_lizard

They used to say the original was anti Vietnam and anti Nixon. Does it really matter?


7 posted on 05/20/2005 3:07:15 PM PDT by Borges
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To: MikeinIraq

First?

There have been 2 - at least worldwide.


8 posted on 05/20/2005 3:07:24 PM PDT by Crazieman (If Con is the opposite of Pro, what is the opposite of Progress?)
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To: bigLusr

I'd just watch it and find out.

I'm a big Star Wars dork and loved it. Someone else might view every film they see through a political filter. Depends on which one you are.


9 posted on 05/20/2005 3:07:40 PM PDT by Textide
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To: MikeinIraq

I don't see it passing Titanic. The teenage girls went again and again and dragged their boyfriends. I don't see the teenage guys able to force their girlfiends into seeing this again and again. Or once even.


10 posted on 05/20/2005 3:08:14 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Crazieman

first as in first run through the theatres in the US....that hasnt been done yet....


11 posted on 05/20/2005 3:09:07 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: bigLusr
yep - just saw it with my kids. Only the hyper-political will see any underlying politics. There is one line: "only the sith deal in absolutes" which was pretty stupid.

Other than that... the movie royally sucked. Next time Lucas makes a movie, he needs to just skip the dialog and acting - stick to the action. Less crap to sit through.
12 posted on 05/20/2005 3:09:27 PM PDT by Poopyhead (Star Wars III stinks)
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To: Borges

we will see....

I want to see the numbers coming out of this weekend first...

If it is up over 200 mil after Sunday, a billion isn't out of reach


13 posted on 05/20/2005 3:10:25 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: Poopyhead

14 posted on 05/20/2005 3:11:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: GulliverSwift

I suppose most people would call me insane..but I'm taking my 11 year old (Birthday today) and 5 of his friends to see the movie in about an hour. Bought my tickets last week, so does that count in todays total? I'll post my thoughts if I think there is anything worth posting about. Looking forward to it, myself.

Mama


15 posted on 05/20/2005 3:12:02 PM PDT by Mama Shawna
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To: bigLusr

I didn't see it, but then I was busy watching Anakin's fall, the end of the Republic, the demise of the Jedi,and a few other plot twists and wrap-ups, so I might have missed it. If there's any political text, it reminded me more of Rome than anything else.


16 posted on 05/20/2005 3:13:21 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Borges

To paraphrase Freud, "Sometimes a movie is just a movie".


17 posted on 05/20/2005 3:14:34 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Borges

They'll go without 'em. Great effects, high body count, 20 minute light saber duels. Plus, Vader at the end of it. Who could ask for more.


18 posted on 05/20/2005 3:16:30 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: bigLusr

I think you have to play it backwards!


19 posted on 05/20/2005 3:16:32 PM PDT by concordKIWI
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To: Borges
The teenage girls went again and again and dragged their boyfriends. I don't see the teenage guys able to force their girlfiends into seeing this again and again. Or once even.

Can't speak for the teenage girls but my husband knows he is taking me. A lot of us more mature women like Star Wars...somehow we got hooked when we were teenagers.

20 posted on 05/20/2005 3:43:33 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: bigLusr
I think it is embarrassing that conservatives are complaining about that line. I am politically hyper sensitive, and I saw nothing in the movie that seemed to be a comment on Bush and or Iraq. In the same scene as the "no absolutes" line there is also a line the could be construed to condemn moral relativism, which is as pertinent to today's democrats and the other line is to Bush. There is nothing politically offensive in the movie. Feel free to see and enjoy (except it isn't that great a movie). :)
21 posted on 05/20/2005 3:47:41 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: Poopyhead
There is one line: "only the sith deal in absolutes" which was pretty stupid.

Especially since Darth Sidious had already talked about things being right and wrong depending on your point of view. Doesn't sound very absolutist to me.

22 posted on 05/20/2005 4:09:42 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: bigLusr

"Heard the local talk-show guys talking about the underlying anti-Iraq anti-Bush message throughout the movie. Anyone know if there's any truth to that?"

Laughable. But then some people see the virgin Mary in oil stains.


23 posted on 05/20/2005 4:10:57 PM PDT by LAURENTIJ
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To: SuziQ

Well, would you really trust Palpatine's view of the Sith?


24 posted on 05/20/2005 4:12:48 PM PDT by LAURENTIJ
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To: GulliverSwift

Our society must be starving for something.


25 posted on 05/20/2005 4:14:29 PM PDT by RightWhale (These problems would not exist if we had had a moon base all along)
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To: RightWhale
Yeah, good movies about heroes and villains.
26 posted on 05/20/2005 4:15:22 PM PDT by LAURENTIJ
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To: bigLusr

Didn't appear to be that way to me.


27 posted on 05/20/2005 4:19:11 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Mama Shawna

A little strong in places for kids. It is a bit dark and there is some violence.


28 posted on 05/20/2005 4:23:16 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: GulliverSwift
This thread made me think of bad movies. Then I thought of Al Franken. Who made one of the worst movies ever about that faggy guy who's name I won't remember. Then I thought I'd make a comment here about Al Franken and how much he sucks. So, I went to find an image of Al Franken with "sucks" on it.

google, of course, doesn't seem to allow images of Al Franken with the word "sucks" across his face. I could have made such an image but THAT sucks. So, here is Al Franken with the word "racist" in front of him. Which is the best I could do.


29 posted on 05/20/2005 5:35:06 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Get all the incumbents out of politics!)
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To: Borges

I remember hearing that on an episode of "News Radio".


30 posted on 05/20/2005 7:49:17 PM PDT by perfect stranger (I need new glasses.)
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To: perfect stranger

Is that where it's from? I've heard it in various places!


31 posted on 05/21/2005 6:56:11 AM PDT by Borges
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To: lormand
I'll download it tonight on alt.binaries.movies for free.

Do they have anything other than crappy camcorder versions yet?

32 posted on 05/21/2005 6:23:43 PM PDT by montag813
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To: bigLusr
Heard the local talk-show guys talking about the underlying anti-Iraq anti-Bush message throughout the movie. Anyone know if there's any truth to that?

I've seen it twice, and I didn't pick up any of that.

Some people (you know who) are reading what they want to see into the movie, I think.

33 posted on 05/21/2005 6:28:16 PM PDT by The Iguana
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To: GulliverSwift

Except I guess GL didn't take the advice he offered when it came to the Anakin-Padme dialog.


34 posted on 05/21/2005 6:31:02 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: The Iguana

Twice... and I thought I was a huge fan... planning to see for the second time tomorrow.


35 posted on 05/21/2005 6:33:08 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: BenLurkin

36 posted on 05/21/2005 6:34:34 PM PDT by The Iguana
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To: The Iguana

Are you in the picture? Great costume of the Queen.


37 posted on 05/21/2005 6:42:43 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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