White House visitors: Star Wars White House
Published: December 20, 2015
White House visitors: Star Wars White House, The force is strong with President Obama. On Friday, which happens to be the official release the new Star Wars movie expected to gross over $250m in the box office this weekend, Obama referenced the film during an official press conference.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already taken in over $50 million on its preview night. Disney also confirmed on Thursday that the film debuted with more than $14 million from its first screenings in 12 international markets.
Fans flocked to theaters in the early hours of the morning to catch a first glimpse of the seventh film in the highly anticipated Star Wars saga.
Several theaters even planned to play the movie throughout the night to keep up with customer demand. Crowds in the thousands were pictured waiting in lines for hours for the midnight screenings, some even camping out for days.
The White House was not immune to the Star Wars mania and Obama rushed to finish a press conference so that he and Gold Star families and children of fallen soldiers could catch a glimpse of the film in a special White House screening.
‘Clearly this is not the most important event that’s taking place at the White House today,’ Obama said.
‘There is a screening of Star Wars for Gold Star families and children [of fallen soldiers] coming up, so I’ll try to be relatively succinct,’ he added.
Entertainment Weekly reports that after addressing reporters on ‘the year behind us and the year ahead,’ Obama said he was off to see Star Wars.
‘Okay, everybody, I’ve got to get to Star Wars,’ he concluded prompting White House secretary Josh Earnest to emerge for a photo with two Stormtroopers and R2D2.
‘You’ve got to admit, this is pretty cool,’ he said.
Official White House photographer Pete Souza also posted photos of the spirited event, including a photo of R2D2 in the press room.
After months of secrecy and anticipation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens did not disappoint, thrilling fans and more importantly theater owners – earning $57million on its opening night.
The most anticipated film in the galaxy opened globally Thursday, setting international and pre-sale box-office records and delighting moviegoers who’ve had opening-night tickets in hand for months.
And not only did moviegoers come out for the big premiere, they also got dressed up with many in costumes as their favorite characters from the hugely popular franchise.
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