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Star Wars The Force Awakens: 53 million Facebook users are talking about the film

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A short time from now in a galaxy very, very close by, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally hit theaters, and the Internet is buzzing with anticipation.

A week after Facebook declared The Force Awakens its most talked-about movie of the year, the social network revealed Wednesday that 53 million people have racked up 126 million posts, comments, and likes regarding the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel.

For comparison’s sake, those numbers dwarf the conversation that surrounded Back to the Future Day earlier this year: 27 million users generated 45 million interactions about the time-traveling franchise.

Facebook also noted that more than half the users talking about The Force Awakens are women (52 percent), that 18-to-34-year-olds make up the largest age group, and that 35-to-54-year-olds are the most passionate age group.

The three most discussed characters worldwide are Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, and the five countries most engaged in talking about the movie are the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Singapore.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Friday.