Records fly in South Africa, first country on Earth to screen Star Wars

The new “Star Wars” movie has already set records in South Africa since its release on Wednesday.

South Africa was the first country in the world to screen the film, with the worldwide release only set for Friday.

The seventh edition of the George Lucas created franchise has already beaten “Fast & the Furious 7” into second place for the most pre-sold tickets to any film in South Africa.

Ster Kinekor’s Brad Knowles says most movie goers have opted to watch the film in 3D, making it the busiest release date ever at IMAX.

“Our Cape Gate Imax theatre is doing exceptionally well. A lot of advanced booking has taken place. 16 December was the busiest day in IMAX South Africa’s history. That’s a really encouraging start of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.”

The Afternoon Drive’s John Maytham interviewed “Star Wars” superfan Stuart Buchanan about what the fuss is all about.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

The cultural impact of the first Star Wars film was huge.

Stuart Buchanan

They invented the idea of ‘franchise movies’ with that first release.

Stuart Buchanan

Star Wars is not high art.

Stuart Buchanan

The new director has really spent time and care to take the best bits of what made the original films so appealing.

Stuart Buchanan

My mother-in-law didn’t see any of the previous six movies and she absolutely enjoyed it.

Stuart Buchanan

You’re introduced to two new, younger characters.

Stuart Buchanan

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