Some movies never earn $50 million throughout their entire theatrial run (here’s looking at you, Jem and The Holograms), but Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already reached that number in advance ticket sales. Sources tell The Wall Street Journal the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, out next month, is halfway to hitting nine figures.
The movie released its first batch of presale tickets on Oct. 19, but demand caused numerous ticketing sites to crash, including Fandango, AMC, and MovieTickets.com. “Last night, we had the single biggest simultaneous surge for movie tickets our industry has ever seen,” Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse theaters, told EW last month.
Despite technical issues with buying tickets, Fandango, the nation’s largest online ticket seller, confirmed The Force Awakens is breaking records. “We have already sold eight times as many tickets as we did on the first day of sales for the previous record holder,” the company said in October. AMC Theatres broke its single-day advance sales record by more than tenfold, and MovieTickets.com reported its highest traffic in the site’s history.
According to Variety, The Force Awakens will play at an estimated 4,000 theaters when it opens on Dec. 18.