Last month, tickets finally went on sale for Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Despite a number of websites crashing after tickets became available, the sci-fi adventure set in a galaxy far, far away still managed to shatter the advanced record for first day sales. While no exact figures were given, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned eight times more than the previous record holder, 2012's The Hunger Games. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that yet another record has been broken, with just under one month left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has raked in a staggering $50 million+ in advanced ticket sales, which is twice as much as the previous record holder, 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. There are still 28 days left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, so it wouldn't be surprising if that $50 million tally keeps growing and growing. Sources claim that nearly a third of the $50 million pre-sales figure comes from IMAX theaters alone. With box office records already being broken, many wonder if Star Wars: The Force Awakens can break even more during opening weekend.
Earlier this summer, Jurassic World broke Marvel's The Avengers' three-year record for highest-grossing opening weekend, taking in $208.8. Back in August, box office analysts predicted that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could take in $300 million domestically and $315 internationally during its opening weekend. Jurassic World became the first movie ever to earn over $500 million globally during its first weekend, earning $208.8 million domestically and $315.3 million internationally in its opening weekend, for a worldwide haul of $524.4 million. All three of those figures set new records, but it seems they all may fall next month.
The sequel will be shown in 390 IMAX theaters when it opens on December 18, but it still isn't known what the final theater count may be. The current record for widest theatrical release belongs to 2010's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which debuted in 4,468 theaters. Given the levels of anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it wouldn't be surprising if this record is broken as well. The first day IMAX sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were $6.5 million, a staggering figure considering IMAX had never had more than $1 million in pre-sales in just one day before.
In case you still haven't gotten your tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, ticket retailers claim there are still plenty of tickets available for opening weekend. Do you think Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a chance at breaking $300 million in one weekend? If that does happen, it may also have a chance at dethroning James Cameron's Avatar, which still holds the all time domestic ($760.5 million) and worldwide ($2.78 billion) records. We'll keep you posted if Star Wars: The Force Awakens keeps breaking even more records en route to the December 18 release.