Star Wars: The Force Awakens only has one film standing in its way, to being crowned the biggest grossing movie of all time, but because of a weird rule, the film’s fourth highest day, may not count…
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Remember the final full trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Disney expertly planned for the trailer to drop at halftime of a Monday Night Football game, and geniously opened ticket sales for the film, on the same night. Consequently, the internet literally broke, as ticket sights all over the web could not handle the sudden influx of fans flocking to order their tickets for Thursday night, December 17. Well, if you were one of those excited fans who saw The Force Awakens on the 17th, then it is more than likely that your tickets will not count toward the film’s total number, as it pertains to being the highest grossing film of all time.
According to an article by Forbes, Since Thursday December 17’s preview grosses were added to Friday December 18’s opening day total, Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ fourth-biggest day, does not count. Still confused? Me too. Forbes elaborates:
"“Like a lot of modern blockbuster moviegoing trends, this somewhat started (or was popularized) in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman. That comic book smash had paid preview showings before its much-anticipated June 23rd nationwide launch…Both films [Dick Tracy] earned around $2 million which counted towards their domestic total but not toward their opening day or opening weekend totals unless of course they were.”"
So, for now it would seem that The Force Awakens will have to wait for the record in 20 days, instead of 19. Honestly, I still don’t get why the December 17th’s numbers shouldn’t count. Disney knew exactly what it was doing by opening-up the film to be viewed on that night, and it more than worked out. Maybe this is just some ridiculous archaic Hollywood rule that can be done away with, or The Force Awakens can just reign supreme, one day later than it initially planned.