Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Take Over Every Single IMAX Screen for a Month

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 12:29PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 12:29PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Take Over Every Single IMAX Screen for a Month
We all know that on December 18, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take over the world. And now IMAX is admitting that ahead of time, as they've made a commitment to show the film exclusively on every single IMAX screen in North America (and most foreign screens as well). 

This type of commitment doesn't happen every day, but it's not without precedent, as IMAX also agreed to show the Hobbit trilogy exclusively on their screens. As a result, other films that may have been competing for IMAX time have already prepared themselves for this inevitability; Spectre, which comes out on October 26, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 2, which comes out on November 20, will both have had ample time in IMAX theaters before Star Wars boots them out. Other films aren't so lucky, as the Chris Hemsworth biographical drama In the Heart of the Sea will only get a week in IMAX, starting on December 11, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman follow-up The Revenant will have to wait three weeks until the Force Awakens's reign ends.



Only one sequence from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will actually be filmed in IMAX. According to a recent report, that sequence will be an escape from Jakku, in which the Millennium Falcon is attacked by TIE fighters. We've already seen glimpses of this scene in the trailer, but it will look even more spectacular on an IMAX screen:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Take Over Every IMAX Screen for a Month

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Take Over Every IMAX Screen for a Month

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Take Over Every IMAX Screen for a Month
The format, which allows for more expensive movie tickets, will likely boost The Force Awakens's already formidable box office power. Early estimates suggest that it could make $2.2 billion, handily surpassing Jurassic World and Titanic to become the second highest-grossing film of all time, after James Cameron's Avatar. But if the quality of the film lives up to expectations, and fans think the above sequence is worth seeing in IMAX, there's a possibility Star Wars could edge past Avatar and literally take over everything.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out in theaters on December 18.
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