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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Set To Smash Avatar’s US Box-Office Record.

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In the span of two weeks, Star Wars: The Force Awakens went from the most mysterious and anticipated feature film of the decade to a legitimate phenomenon. J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the Star Wars saga has faced some criticism, but for the most part, the film scored a massive hit with fans both old and new. It’s also on course to become a titan at the box office.

Following a massive opening weekend bolstered by advanced ticket sales exceeding $100 million, The Force Awakens smashed box office records, grossing an astounding $238 million. And, as cool weather and debate-hungry fans fuel sales, Episode 7 is looking to push further into the record books this New Year’s weekend.

The Force Awakens already steamrolled past Titanic and Jurassic World and into second place atop the all-time highest grossing films with $687 million, according to estimates supplied by Deadline. With a long holiday weekend to bolster sales, they predict that by Sunday night, the epic film will only be roughly $15 million from Avatar’s box office crown. It’s scheduled to claim its place atop the cinematic giants by Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

Despite some fan and cinema insider skepticism about moving the franchise from its traditional release date in May, Disney took a calculated risk with its December release. And it paid off. Although blockbusters often fare better during the summer, the winter months are colder, so watching movies has less competition from other activities. The holidays are also a time when more families hit up the theater, when everyone has a little more downtime to revisit far-away galaxies.

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Zachary Levi Is ‘Shazam!’ In Official Teaser Trailer

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Not content with seeing Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ steal all of the DC glory at Comic-Con this weekend. Zachary Levi is taking a much lighter approach to this often brooding universe with ‘Shazam!’, working like a charm in the fun-filled teaser trailer released by Warner Bros.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the initial footage focuses on foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen to channel superpowers through an ancient wizard, ultimately turning into the titular character with the childish sensibilities intact. Super strength? Flying? He seems more concerned on how he’s meant to pee in his red suit. Yet he’s soon having to use his abilities for good, when faced with Mark Strong’s big bad Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

‘Shazam!’ swoops into UK cinemas in April 2019.

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Fantastical Debut Trailer For ‘Aquaman’ Welcomes You To Atlantis

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Still reeling from the critical reception which greeted ‘Justice League’ last year. Director James Wan and leading man Jason Momoa are tasked with keeping Warner Bros’ DCEU above water this December with ‘Aquaman’ and after seeing the action-packed first footage straight from Comic-Con, they seem up for the challenge.

Billed as the origin story of the half-human half -Atlantean. We catch glimpses of Arthur Curry’s (Momoa) family unit, most notably Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna and his feisty red-haired ally Mera (Amber Heard), merely teasing his potential king status as he clashes with half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), allowing Wan to dial up the underwater spectacle and throw in a goat for good measure.

We’re positively drowning in excitement already. Here’s the trailer…

 

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First ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer Is An Atomic Blast

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Well. If you thought there wasn’t enough monster mayhem in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 effort.

Michael Dougherty’s (Krampus) 2018 film seems awfully keen to amend this with the epic debut trailer for ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’, pitting the iconic creature against some of his greatest adversaries. Expect stunning money shots of Mothra, Rodan and a certain three-headed titan by the name King Ghidorah, whilst the human heroics are left to the Russell family consisting of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler.

The film roars into cinemas next May.

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