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Next “Star Wars” pushed back for Christmas release

This photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the new film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, The Walt Disney Co. announced that the new release date for, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be Dec. 15, 2017. (Film Frame/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

This photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the new film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, The Walt Disney Co. announced that the new release date for, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be Dec. 15, 2017. (Film Frame/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

by Justin Bell

Fans of the biggest domestic movie of all time will have to wait almost two years to join the adventure of Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren. Star Wars: Episode VIII has been postponed for an additional seven months to put on the final touches and to have another Christmas weekend opening.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will continue the intergalactic rites of passage for Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, is set up for another monster day for Disney and another historic day for box office numbers.

Disney, who bought Lucasfilms in 2012, has seen major success with the more recent Star Wars trilogy since its release in December 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned an estimated $821 million in the states and $1.5 million worldwide, has seen a number of records shattered. Some of those records include earning more than $6.5 million in early ticket sales months before the movie was to be released.

It shattered earlier presale records set by powerhouse films such as The Dark Knight Rises and Avengers. Most of these records hit the $1 million mark in presale tickets, but the collaboration of Disney and Lucasfilms set the new standard.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has moved into the number one spot taking the world title from Avatar, which has held the spot of the biggest movie of all time since 2009. Star Wars: Episode VIII is on the same trajectory as its predecessors.

Disney originally scheduled the movie for a May 2017 release, but after the massive Christmas success that The Force Awakens had, the film company decided to do the same with Episode VIII. This is not unfamiliar, as the same happened with The Force Awakens, which originally had a summer release that was pushed back seven months.

As we seen in the past, Disney is more than capable to build the hype around and movie and its motives for postponing this epic movie only spells success for the new film trilogy. Fans of the franchise will have to keep their quirky remarks and sword-fashioned light sabers holstered for another 2 years before we can travel again to a galaxy far, far away.

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