Star Wars premieres


Durant crowd helps break box office record

By Dan Pennington - dpennington@civitasmedia.com



Janie Dillard looks at Chewbacca the Wookie during a fan photo opportunity before the debut of Star Wars-The Force Awakens.


Photos by Dan Pennington

Little fans of the movie got their photos taken with Chewbacca and a Storm Trooper. It’s been 10 years since the last Star Wars movie debuted. This fan wasn’t even born yet when the last movie played in theaters.


Photos by Dan Pennington

The staff of The District was on hand for the big night. Star Wars is expected to break all box office records.


Photos by Dan Pennington

Some fans showed up in costume for the movie.


Photos by Dan Pennington

The District staff cut the ribbon on Durant’s newest entertainment facility. The theater has been open nearly 90 days.


Photos by Dan Pennington

Walt Disney Pictures provided unique collectible souvenirs to be given away to fans attending the premiere of Star Wars.


Photos by Dan Pennington

Fans turned out for the Durant premiere of Star Wars-The Force Awakens. People costumed as “Chewbacca the Wookie” and a “Storm Trooper” attended for fans to get their photo made with the characters.


Photos by Dan Pennington

Kristina Humenesky gets her photo taken with Star Wars characters at Durant’s debut of the movie.


Photos by Dan Pennington

Star Wars fans got the thrill of the decade when the 7seventh installment in the multi-billion dollar franchise debuted in Durant at Choctaw Casino Resort’s The District.

Fans stood in line for two hours waiting for the first screening at 7:10 p.m.

The ribbon was cut on the four-theater facility inside the casino.

Promotional memorabilia was handed out to those who were in line to see the first screening.

The movie is expected to pull in more than $200 million this weekend alone.

“The Force Awakens” has already sold $100 million in advance ticket sales breaking that record a full month before the premiere.

Some have said this could eventually top the highest-grossing film in history,“Avatar,” which made $2.8 billion worldwide.

The box office will account for only a fraction of the film’s expected bonanza.

Industry experts expect the “Star Wars” franchise over the next year to pull in another $1.2 billion from games like Star Wars: Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0.

It could bring in another $900 million from downloads, DVDs and TV licensing.

Unique items tied into Star Wars could bring yet another $5 billion in merchandise for goodies like Luke Skywalker jackets and Yoda seedless grapes.

Disney paid John Lucas $4 billion for the franchise.

Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or dpennington@civitasmedia.com.

Janie Dillard looks at Chewbacca the Wookie during a fan photo opportunity before the debut of Star Wars-The Force Awakens.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_0323JanieLook.jpgJanie Dillard looks at Chewbacca the Wookie during a fan photo opportunity before the debut of Star Wars-The Force Awakens. Photos by Dan Pennington

Little fans of the movie got their photos taken with Chewbacca and a Storm Trooper. It’s been 10 years since the last Star Wars movie debuted. This fan wasn’t even born yet when the last movie played in theaters.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_7985.jpgLittle fans of the movie got their photos taken with Chewbacca and a Storm Trooper. It’s been 10 years since the last Star Wars movie debuted. This fan wasn’t even born yet when the last movie played in theaters. Photos by Dan Pennington

The staff of The District was on hand for the big night. Star Wars is expected to break all box office records.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_7998.jpgThe staff of The District was on hand for the big night. Star Wars is expected to break all box office records. Photos by Dan Pennington

Some fans showed up in costume for the movie.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_0222.jpgSome fans showed up in costume for the movie. Photos by Dan Pennington

The District staff cut the ribbon on Durant’s newest entertainment facility. The theater has been open nearly 90 days.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_0229.jpgThe District staff cut the ribbon on Durant’s newest entertainment facility. The theater has been open nearly 90 days. Photos by Dan Pennington

Walt Disney Pictures provided unique collectible souvenirs to be given away to fans attending the premiere of Star Wars.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_0253.jpgWalt Disney Pictures provided unique collectible souvenirs to be given away to fans attending the premiere of Star Wars. Photos by Dan Pennington

Fans turned out for the Durant premiere of Star Wars-The Force Awakens. People costumed as “Chewbacca the Wookie” and a “Storm Trooper” attended for fans to get their photo made with the characters.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_0257.jpgFans turned out for the Durant premiere of Star Wars-The Force Awakens. People costumed as “Chewbacca the Wookie” and a “Storm Trooper” attended for fans to get their photo made with the characters. Photos by Dan Pennington

Kristina Humenesky gets her photo taken with Star Wars characters at Durant’s debut of the movie.
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_0280kristina.jpgKristina Humenesky gets her photo taken with Star Wars characters at Durant’s debut of the movie. Photos by Dan Pennington
Durant crowd helps break box office record

By Dan Pennington

dpennington@civitasmedia.com

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