LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars” isn’t just strong. It’s unstoppable.
The revival of the nearly 40-year-old space saga has already dominated the box office and toy shelves. Now, it’s also been selected as The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year and is amassing support for Academy Awards consideration.
The sci-fi series bested Adele, Taylor Swift and Amy Schumer as the top vote getter. Voters were asked to consider who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2015.
When the movie opened in theaters, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” lit up screens — and fans’ eyeballs — brighter than a lightsaber. With an astronomical $248 million debut at the box office last weekend, it trampled the record for biggest debut in North America, set earlier in the year by “Jurassic World.”