It’s probably not too surprising that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already set a new record for advance ticket sales, putting it well into contention to become the highest-grossing movie ever.
Those are the early numbers being reported, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Most movies would be lucky to open to $50 million. Four weeks before its debut, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has more than that in the bank,” WSJ reports today.
The article adds that many Hollywood insiders bet that Star Wars will “handily” beat Jurassic World‘s $209 million opening weekend.
Ticket presales are also a strong sign that The Force Awakens will become the highest-grossing movie of all time.
Many flocked to theater sites the first day tickets went on sale and found their favorite sites crashing under the demand, as we reported here.
In addition to pre-selling tickets online, many theaters are also adding unorthodox hours during the first week to accommodate more moviegoers.
Those in Hollywood are wondering if these numbers put Star Wars on track to beat the all-time record. Avatar is the global leader in box office sales at $2.79 billion. While Star Wars will perform, whether it “catches fire in countries like China and Russia, where Star Wars isn’t the long-established cultural phenomenon it is in the West,” will determine how well it does overall, as WSJ states.
Do you have tickets yet? This might be a great time to lock those down if you don’t.