Even before J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially opened in the United States the movie crushed all the previous records for Advance Ticket Sales. The film has passed the $100 Million mark for advance ticket sales and many are predicting that the Advance Ticket Sales for SWTFA could roll over the $120 Million mark. Let’s put that in perspective by looking at the previous record set by Christopher Nolan‘s Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises sold $25 million in advance ticket sales. There is on e caveat I’d like to make everyone aware of, before someone makes a snide comment in the comments section. Around $50 to $60 million of that new record is advance ticket sales for the opening weekend. That still leaves double the previous record for those first night screenings.
Interestingly enough, Disney is still mum about Advance Ticket Sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’m sure we’ll get a numbers breakdown during the next Disney Stockholders meeting, but the $200 Million dollar budget for SWTFA will most likely be made back in the opening weekend, because if advance tickets are past the $120 Million mark, the other $80 should be easy to grab.
Theaters have been adding screenings as the demand has increased, I imagine many fans might just turn right back around after one screening to buy any available tickets for the next. While all the theaters committed to a minimum four-week run for the privilege of screening the film, I imagine that there will be theaters still running SWTFA well into March of 2016.
I’ve got my ticket for Sunday Morning, how about you?