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Star Wars The Force Awakens premieres in China after crossing the $1 billion mark in 12 days
The seventh edition of Star Wars which has already broken the $1 billion mark premiered in Shanghai for the Chinese fans on Sunday night. The movie releases in China on January 9.

Producers of the movie have pinned high hopes for "The Force Awakens" as it releases in the world's second-biggest film market.

JJ Abrams, the director of The Force Awakens watched the Chinese premiere in Shanghai along with Chinese fans on Sunday night. He also told at a news conference on Monday that he was excited to see the audience "laughing and cheering in exactly the same places that we've seen other audience."

Abrams said, "It's a testament to the power of cinema, that it does not matter where you're from, you can get caught up in a story."

It has taken just 12 days for Star Wars The Force Awakens to amass $1 billion worldwide, which is a new record. The last movie to cross the $1 million mark was Jurassic World, which achieved it in 13 days in June this year.

The Chinese market has lately become very important for Hollywood, as the country has a huge population. A few movies now even try to incorporate Chinese characters and stories to appeal more to the Chinese audience.

Producer of Star Wars' latest adventure Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that they had finished shooting "Rouge One," the first stand alone "Star Wars" story and Hong Kong martial arts actors Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen have roles in it.

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