It took five weeks for the inevitable to happen. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the most successful film in history, has officially been dethroned this week as the top movie in America. Rentrak, the market leader in measuring movie ticket sales, has reported that the domestic weekend box office will find "Ride Along 2," with $35 million dollars in tickets sold, as the nation'snew favorite movie. "Star Wars" topples to third place while "The Revenant" took second place, with $25.9 million dollars in ticket sales -$4.4 million dollars more than "Star Wars."

The worldwide numbers tell a different story

Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" still remains the top movie on the worldwide weekend box office estimates for Sunday, Jan.

17 with an impressive $72.4 million dollar haul, $11.4 million more than it's closest competitor, "The Revenant." The numbers speak volumes about how passionately "Star Wars" has been received by the public. It would appear that director J.J. Abrams and writer Lawrence Kasdan have succeeded wildly, rebooting the franchise in a way that gave hardcore fans the movie they were looking for.

The film echoes the past in order to move forward

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" takes place 30 years after the last film in the original trilogy, "The Return Of The Jedi," and brings back many of the original actors.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew are some of the most notable returns, but the film also has an entirely new cast of characters that will breathe life into the next generation of the franchise. Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron are perhaps the most noteworthy actors in the film, with new astromech droid BB-8 often stealing the thunder in many scenes.

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Some complaints about the film have revolved around a plot line that echoes that of "Star Wars: A New Hope," with elements of all three original trilogy films thrown in for good measure. While this is true, to a certain point of view, the familiar ground seems to have proven a lucrative and sensible way to reboot the franchise for a new generation of fans.

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