'The Force Awakens' officially for Minnesota 'Star Wars' fans

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is officially out, in theaters – and as expected for the beloved film franchise, excited fans turned out in droves at theaters across the country to see it.

The flim is getting almost exclusively positive reviews overall, with an aggregate score of 81 on Metacritic, and a 95 percent "certified fresh" on RottenTomatoes.

And USA Today spoke with fans to get their takes (noting that Episode VII is coming after three prequel-sequels that are generally seen as disappointing at best), with most saying it's pretty good.

Deadline reports the Thursday night preview showings are expected to bring in $50-$55 million – and it'll likely continue to dominate, possibly blowing away the previous Friday record-holder of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." That film took in about $91 million in its Thursday night-Friday debut.

By the way, if you're interested in the film but can't see it right away and are worried about spoilers, CBS News has some tech tips – including helpful extensions for Google Chrome browssr.

Excitement across Minnesota

There was a marriage at the Minnesota Zoo's IMAX Theater before the 7 p.m. showing Thursday, as WCCO and FOX 9 report, with the full party dressed in "Star Wars" outfits. The Pioneer Press spoke with a few other couples who were inspired by the movie for their wedding day.

The couple, Anthony and Meg, were chosen as part of a KDWB contest – and he actually proposed at a Zombie Pub Crawl.

Here's video from the Dave Ryan Show.


KBJR 6 says there were excited fans in Duluth – with fans filling the theaters for the evening premiere, and the midnight showing. New Ulm residents were looking forward to the film as well, the New Ulm Journal reports.

FOX 9's Jonathan Choe grabbed a few shots at a theater in Edina.

Plenty of people did the costume thing in Fargo, The Forum says. And according to ABC 6, the general manager of a Rochester theater said the prep has been "crazy" with about 1,300 tickets sold for Thursday.

Naturally, there are a lot of tweets and Instagram photos – though we won't

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