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Utah lives up to strong Star Wars reputation, lands 2 theaters in US top 10

This photo provided by Lucasfilm shows Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote the screenplay with Abrams. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Film Frame/Lucasfilm via AP) -

(KUTV) After being touted as the state with the strongest Star Wars interest, two locally-owned movie theater locations opened in the top 10 nationally, demonstrating that Utah passionately loves the film franchise in the opening weekend of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Cue all the "force is strong" references you want, but The District theaters in South Jordan and Jordan Commons in Sandy, finished number seven and 10 respectively, each with festivities involving fans and costumes and multiple auditoriums showing the film in multiple formats including 3D and in IMAX.


In all, Megaplex reported seven of its locations finishing in the top 100 in the U.S.

"We are thrilled to be able to host such a fun-filled opening celebration for Utah Star Wars fans," said Blake Andersen, president of Megaplex Theatres in a statement. "With school out and people taking time off from work between now and New Year's, we expect even more Star Wars fans will make time to see the movie again and again."

Worldwide, the film has reportedly earned around $524 million since its release less than a week ago. Domestically, box office tallies place it around $247 million, making it the biggest weekend opening of all time, surpassing this year's "Jurassic World."

There were other new movies to theaters this weekend. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," pulled in around $14 million for the weekend while "Sisters" was third with just less that $13 million.

The Associated Press reports the following box office figures:

1. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Disney, $247,966,675, 4,134 locations, $59,982 average, $247,966,675, 1 week.

2. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," 20th Century Fox, $14,287,159, 3,653 locations, $3,911 average, $14,287,159, 1 week.

3. "Sisters," Universal, $13,922,855, 2,962 locations, $4,700 average, $13,922,855, 1 week.

4. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," Lionsgate, $5,692,683, 2,653 locations, $2,146 average, $254,481,457, 5 weeks.

5. "Creed," Warner Bros., $5,013,055, 2,433 locations, $2,060 average, $87,828,128, 4 weeks.


6. "The Good Dinosaur," Disney, $4,350,285, 2,755 locations, $1,579 average, $96,664,353, 4 weeks.

7. "Krampus," Universal, $4,114,805, 2,371 locations, $1,735 average, $35,145,460, 3 weeks.

8. "In The Heart Of The Sea," Warner Bros., $3,484,270, 3,103 locations, $1,123 average, $18,619,365, 2 weeks.

9. "Dilwale," UTV Communications, $1,920,074, 265 locations, $7,246 average, $2,029,194, 1 week.

10. "Bajirao Mastani," Eros Entertainment, $1,741,037, 304 locations, $5,727 average, $1,741,037, 1 week.

11. "Spectre," Sony, $1,433,957, 1,225 locations, $1,171 average, $193,910,089, 7 weeks.

12. "Spotlight," Open Road, $1,425,193, 825 locations, $1,728 average, $22,803,219, 7 weeks.

13. "Brooklyn," Fox Searchlight, $1,176,593, 614 locations, $1,916 average, $16,495,006, 7 weeks.

14. "The Night Before," Sony, $1,152,034, 1,235 locations, $933 average, $41,462,098, 5 weeks.

15. "The Danish Girl," Focus Features, $547,434, 81 locations, $6,758 average, $1,335,067, 4 weeks.

16. "The Peanuts Movie," 20th Century Fox, $538,447, 771 locations, $698 average, $126,323,036, 7 weeks.

17. "The Martian," 20th Century Fox, $450,010, 493 locations, $913 average, $223,879,433, 12 weeks.

18. "Trumbo," Bleecker Street, $411,894, 273 locations, $1,509 average, $6,270,123, 7 weeks.

19. "The Big Short," Paramount, $378,285, 8 locations, $47,286 average, $1,319,689, 2 weeks.

20. "Love The Coopers," Lionsgate, $299,290, 593 locations, $505 average, $25,475,491, 6 weeks.

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