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The Force Awakens breaks records with trailer viewings and ticket pre-sales

10.23.2015
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This may come as little surprise to anyone, but people bought a lot of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS tickets this past Monday. I mean, A LOT! IMAX reports that they sold $6.5 million in domestic sales alone, which shatters every previous record. $6.5 million! There are movies out there that don't even cost that much to make! Also, AMC reported that they sold out more than 1,000 screenings in less than a 12 hour period. Suffice it to say, audiences are ready to see this flick!

Deadline reports that a Fandango sales rep had the following to say:

This is an extraordinary time for the industry, which experienced unprecedented ticketing demand last night for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In fact, Fandango traffic surged to 7 times its typical peak levels, propelling Fandango’s advance sales for Star Wars to a record-setting first day of pre-sales. For Star Wars, we have already sold 8 times as many tickets as we did on the first day of sales for the previous record holder. Movie theaters are continually adding new show times on Fandango to meet the phenomenal demand. The enthusiasm for this year’s most anticipated movie is out of this world and we expect it to continue all the way to its debut on December 18.

These sales are due, in large part, to the brand new trailer that hit during Monday night football. 16 million tuned in to watch it during the game, after which the trailer was viewed over 112 million times online! Math tells me that's 128 million times in a single day! I can't say that I blame them, having watched the trailer...a couple dozen times myself (which might explain this). There's always talk about which film will take the number one spot over AVATAR. Maybe THE FORCE AWAKENS has a real shot.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

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11:13PM on 10/25/2015

Don't be Surprised....

I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Considering the pent up demand, the seemingly knockout film according to the trailer, don't be surprised that on opening weekend, that this film sets the record for the first BILLION DOLLAR OPENING in film history. 500 mill in North America, 500 mill in the rest of the world. I would not be surprised at all if that happens. This film will monopolize screens the entire month of December, and probably well into January. We'll see how it plays out. Good
I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Considering the pent up demand, the seemingly knockout film according to the trailer, don't be surprised that on opening weekend, that this film sets the record for the first BILLION DOLLAR OPENING in film history. 500 mill in North America, 500 mill in the rest of the world. I would not be surprised at all if that happens. This film will monopolize screens the entire month of December, and probably well into January. We'll see how it plays out. Good luck getting tickets. Buy'em for people for Xmas Gifts.
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3:05PM on 10/25/2015
I don't think it a matter of if it will take the top spot, but how fast.
I don't think it a matter of if it will take the top spot, but how fast.
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12:19PM on 10/24/2015
It was a genius move to coordinate the trailer appearing during Monday Night Football, and then having tickets go on sale soon after that. Not that anyone need to be persuaded to go see this movie. I think this could hit $2.5-3 billion worldwide when everything is said and done.
It was a genius move to coordinate the trailer appearing during Monday Night Football, and then having tickets go on sale soon after that. Not that anyone need to be persuaded to go see this movie. I think this could hit $2.5-3 billion worldwide when everything is said and done.
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9:33PM on 10/23/2015

3 Billion in ticket sells!

All because of the screenwriter of the movie!!! Both the director and write put aside their egos, and make it a Star Wars movie --- Let's just hope the next two installments we see the same trend!
All because of the screenwriter of the movie!!! Both the director and write put aside their egos, and make it a Star Wars movie --- Let's just hope the next two installments we see the same trend!
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