Virtually everyone with a television set in Britain had it tuned to the World Cup soccer match between England and Portugal Saturday night. The BBC said that the contest, lost by England, peaked at 19 million viewers and an 84 percent share between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. It averaged 16 million viewers and an 81 percent share over the three-hour telecast.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.