Watch A Projector Malfunction Ruin Star Wars For Everyone At This Theatre
Hey, where did you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this past weekend? If you were lucky, you sat down to watch the film and it played sequentially, meaning all the surprises, plot twists and shocking moments happened in the exact order they were supposed to. But not every Force fan was so blessed.
At the midnight showing UCLA student Erik Melendez attended at an ArcLight cinema, the projector apparently malfunctioned and jumped ahead in the film, only to skip exactly to a massively important, spoiler-ific moment. The crowd began screaming “No!” over and over again because, well, nooooo!
Projector at Star Wars midnight 3D show at the Arclight ruined, stopped, then started again towards the end of the movie. The movie was spoiled and everyone in the theater went crazy. NBC LA ArcLight Cinemas ABC7 Disney J. J. Abrams Oscar Isaac Star Wars Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Posted by Erik Melendez on Friday, December 18, 2015
“Projector at Star Wars midnight 3D show at the Arclight ruined, stopped, then started again towards the end of the movie,” Melendez wrote on Facebook. “The movie was spoiled and everyone in the theater went crazy.”
As far as we can tell, this was an isolated incident and not a secret ploy on the part of the First Order to bring about discord and panic on a massive scale. Again, as far as we can tell.
While that movie theater had projector problems, if you saw “The Force Awakens” in London, you might’ve sat next to Cara Delevingne and not even known it. Because she wasn’t rocking anything super chic to the cinema—at least nothing that’d be considered “chic” in this mortal realm. Nah, CD opted for a Jabba The Hutt outfit instead.
“Watching Star Wars in style,” she wrote in the caption, presumably winking under her giant slug-like costume at the family directly behind her for not being able to recognize her.
And now, the numbers are officially in: Star Wars: The Force Awakens set a new record for domestic box-office openings, amassing a staggering $238 million (estimated) at home, according to a press release. Coupled with its $279 million internationally, that puts the grand total of money the film has raked in in just five days at $517 million, decimating the existing records.
It also became the first movie in history to gross $100 million in one day (including Thursday night’s “previews”), according to Box Office Mojo. The film reportedly earned a total of $120.5 million on opening day, beating the previous record of $91 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.
I mean, seriously: How else was it gonna go down? It’s Star Wars.