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New Star Wars film set to break records

Box-office takings of US$400m and toy sales of US5b signal just the start

Published Tue, Dec 15, 2015 · 09:50 PM
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FANS turned out in force on Monday for the highly anticipated Hollywood premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with excitement at fever pitch and security tight as the space epic resumes.

Police cordoned off the area around the famed Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard which is hosting the premiere along with other nearby theatres, setting up metal detectors and deploying scores of officers and sniffer dogs.

As the stars of the latest instalment of the epic walked the red carpet, fans - some who had camped out for days in their Star Wars costumes - went into a frenzy seeking autographs and pictures of the beloved movie characters.

"This is probably the biggest opening in decades," said Jeff Bock, an analyst at box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. "There's more security…

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