Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to release early in Ireland

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The highly anticipated addition to the Star Wars franchise will hit U.S. cinemas on December 18th, but is set to open in some markets as early as December 15th.

European ‘Star Wars’ fans will be able to see the seventh film in the franchise ahead of the United States.

The official Disney Ireland Twitter page tweeted a 100-day countdown to its December 17th release date yesterday, however the film is set to open in U.S. cinemas on December 18th.

In France, Italy and several other European countries, the movie will debut on December 16th. However, a Middle Eastern market has won the earliest opening for the film: The United Arab Emirates will screen it as early as December 15th.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been the bookies’ favourite to become 2015’s highest-grossing film since the first teaser trailer for the film appeared in November last year. JJ Abrams’ film is also predicted to smash the world record for biggest global box-office opening weekend, currently held by Jurassic World after the dinosaur disaster epic’s $524.4m bow in June.