We’re just under a month from the premier of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the seventh episode in the saga is already breaking records. According to a story in Variety, sources at the Mouse House report advanced sales of tickets have already generated $50 million.
Online ticket seller Fandango reports that The Force Awakens is the biggest pre-seller in the history of the company. It beat the previous record holder of the first “Hunger Games.” There is still time to pick up tickets, but hurry because most of the IMAX screenings have sold out. If you don’t need IMAX you’re probably in luck because theater chains are able to add more theaters as needed when others sell out.
This is the very definition of good news for Disney. With a new film expected to hit theaters every year for at least the next five years, it’s probably reassuring to know that demand for the product is still there.
Once final pre-sale numbers are in, the next big question is how much will the film earn on its opening weekend. “Jurassic World” currently holds that hono with $208.8 million. That might be tough in December since no film has ever opened higher than $100 million. But the good news is The Force Awakens will have long legs with repeat viewings from fans desparate for more Star Wars.
What is your estimate of the opening weekend total for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens?”