Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters right now, obliterating every box office record. And repeat viewings by fans who want to continue their Star Wars journey throughout the weekend are partially responsible for its mammoth haul. The more times you see the movie, the more likely you are to recognize a new Easter Egg or spot a costumed celebrity cameo. We have an entire list of these Easter eggs and cameos for you right here, so you can better identify them the next time you step into this galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens had its world premiere in Hollywood, California this past Monday, which was the first time this highly-anticipated film was screened for fans and critics alike. And right away, those in attendance noticed quite a few cool hidden references. And it was the first time that the voice of BB-8 was revealed. We also learned that Daniel Craig does have a cameo as a Stormtrooper.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces three new heroes into the Star Wars universe, John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, along with Adam Driver's villainous Kylo Ren. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) are also reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens supporting cast includes Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke and Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens marks the first Star Wars movie that George Lucas is not involved in. The franchise creator was expected to serve as some sort of consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the sequels that will follow, but he revealed in several interviews that Disney wasn't interested in his ideas, although he revealed earlier this month that he "really liked" the movie. Still, even without George Lucas at the helm, the franchise is in very good hands, with producer Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, who will serve as producer on the several follow-ups coming in the next few years.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to obliterate box office records as it moves into its second full day of release this Saturday. The long-awaited sequel is playing in 4,134 domestic theaters, where it has pulled in an astounding estimated $120.5 million during its Friday debut. This includes $57 million from Thursday preview screenings. This makes The Force Awakens the biggest single day opener of all time. And it is now the first film to ever break the $100 million mark in a single day. The previous one-day and opening day records were set way back in 2011 by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Industry insiders believe that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will managed to earn at least $220 million by the time Monday rolls around. And that will break the previous opening weekend record held by Jurassic World, which pulled in $208.8 million this past June. Here are an assorted mix of Easter Eggs and Cameos that you are likely to spot in the movie.
1 Rey's X-Wing Helmet
Daisy Ridley's Rey was stranded on the desert planet of Jakku as a small child. Though we don't yet know by whom. She clearly lives in the aftermath of a great battle that took place on this scorched landscape, making her home inside a fallen At-At. She scours crashed Star Destroyers, looking for parts she can sell for food. And she has in her possession an old X-Wing fighter pilot helmet like the ones the Rebel Alliance used to wear. It is an antique, but it's impossible to say who this helmet belonged to. The alien writing on the helmet has been transcribed in the days since the movie arrived. And it says 'Rhae'. Is this the true meaning of an Easter egg for fans? Or was this helmet given to her by someone in the Alliance before she became stranded on Jakku? As she's left the helmet behind on her quest to find the missing Luke Skywalker, this is one mystery that may never be solved.
2 Simon Pegg is Unkar Plutt
It was revealed at Comic-Con this past July that Simon Pegg has a cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But who is this Star Trek star playing? He actually has quite an important role, as far as celebrity cameos go. He stars as Unkar Plutt, the junk dealer who tries to buy BB-8 from Rey. He's also the new owner of the Millennium Falcon when we're first reintroduced to the galaxy's fastest ship. When Rey refuses to hand over the droid, it is Unkar who alerts the First Order to her presence.