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Star Wars is good at doing two things: Waking up the force and surpassing box office records. And it's already woken up the force.
What did that ridiculous sentence mean? It means that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will officially break Avatar's box office records on Wednesday by devouring over $760 million to become the highest-grossing film ever in North America. And Star Wars did it in just 20 days. So, yeah, sounds like Disney might have a hit on their hands.
Since Avatar's crown has been snatched off its head like extensions being snatched off the head of a Real Housewives cast memebr, we thought this historic day should be best spent looking back at the era of late 2009 and early 2010. Avatar is the past, Star Wars is the future. But that doesn't mean we can't reminisce about the days of yore.*
*"Days of yore" meaning "days of Twilight mania and Susan Boyle."
This is what the world was like back when Avatar ruled the box office...
Simon Cowell announced he was leaving American Idol, thus changing that show forever.
Beyoncé taught us that if you like it, you should have put a ring on it.
America was exposed to fist pumping and G-T-L on Jersey Shore.
Kevin Jonas got married and left only two eligible Jonas Brothers for the rest of us.
Susan Boyle became our new queen.
Everyone wanted to be bitten by Robert Pattinson or Edward Cullen or both.
The original Law & Order was ending for good.
Angry Birds changed bathroom breaks forever and procrastination forever.
We all wanted a satchel like Alan had from The Hangover. Or we all wanted Bradley Cooper, in general.
Something called an iPad came onto the scene and human interaction fell by 67 percent. We made that stat up, but you get our point.
Netflix bought rights to stream movies and TV shows from big studios like Paramount and Lionsgate. Too bad that company isn't doing much these days. Oh, wait…
One of the OG viral videos, "Double Rainbow," hit YouTube.
Sandra Bullock won awards for both crushing it in The Blind Side and missing the mark in All About Steve.
Cracked TV screens became all too frequent because everyone was playing Wii Sports and those Wii-motes are slippery lil' buggers.
Taylor Swift sang her way into everyone's hearts with her album Fearless and with songs like "You Belong With Me."
And, oh yeah, everyone was lusting after Sam Worthington as a giant blue dude in Avatar.
Congrats, Star Wars! Avatar, you had a really great run, but it's time to let J.J. Abrams carry the torch.