10. J.J. Abrams vs J.J. Abrams
Boy, if there was ever a time when Star Wars and Star Trek converged on a massive level, it would be the anomaly known as J.J. Abrams. In 2009 Abrams was tasked with breathing life into a dead franchise…and he did it in a huge way. Star Trek was a huge success, garnering a box office tally of $385.7 million. In 2013 Abrams struck gold again, with the sequel, Star Trek: Into Darkness. Topping his first foray into Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness earned a whopping $467.4 million. J.J. Abrams was now the most sought after director in Hollywood.
Then Disney came calling, and they too wanted Abrams to breathe life into their nearly dead project, the newly acquired Star Wars franchise. The rest is recent history, but if advance ticket sales are any indication, The Force Awakens will be the biggest box-office success of all time. Sales have already reached $50 million, and the opening crawl hasn’t even begun. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be a juggernaut, and J.J. Abrams is the man to thank for that success.
Winner: Star Wars Abrams. This is going to be the first live-action Star Wars film in ten years, and at this point, there is just no way this film will fail. Disney should make a J.J. statue in their new Star Wars Land theme park.
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