Star Wars fans wait hours for newest film in series

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – It was back in 1977 the first star wars film debuted. It was called “A New Hope,” but now there is a new movie just before 2016, this once called, “The Force Awakens.”

Waiting in line is never fun, unless that is, you’re a fan of Star Wars. At the movie theater inside the Westfield Mall in Milford, fans of the science fiction series could be seen all the way down their inner hallway. Some, like Joe Joyce, came dressed as their favorite characters from film’s past.

“Its an event,” said Joyce. “I’ve been to other premieres for Star Wars and its just a fun time hanging out with other super fans and talking about the stuff that you love about the movies and the stuff that you hope to see.”

Joyce’s passion wasn’t something we found unique to him alone. Paul Manzione arrived to wait in line at 7 a.m. for the 7:15 p.m. show, early enough to get him all the way to the front.

“I saw it when it first came out in ’77 with my father, it is the youngest sustained childhood memory I’ve ever had where I remember the whole day,” said Manzione. “It just had that much of an impact on my life.”

In the Star Wars series, it’s said the force unites and bonds everything in the universe. That might be true, but at least at the mall in Milford, standing in a line for hours on end with strangers has the power to do the same.

If “The Force Awakens” breaks box office records for most money generated in an opening weekend, it will overtake Jurassic World, which was able to bring in nearly $209 million.

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