December 1, 2015 11:56 AM EST

China had to wait 38 years for the original Star Wars films to play in its theaters. For The Force Awakens, fans in the world’s fastest-growing movie market will only have to sit idle for three extra weeks. The Walt Disney Company announced on Monday that J.J. Abrams’ sure-blockbuster will open in China on Jan. 9.

“We are thrilled to bring Star Wars: The Force Awakens to China on January 9th” said John Hsu, general manager of The Walt Disney Company, China. “We’re excited to be rolling out our marketing campaign and to connect with new fans in China through Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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