Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already sold $50m advance tickets

This just in – Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be insanely popular. That might sound like a statement of the obvious, but there’s now empirical evidence for the Disney flick’s impending success.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already generated over $50 million in pre-booked ticket sales.

That startling figure, first revealed to Variety by industry insiders, has already broken advance ticket records.

“Fandango tells Variety that the picture is the biggest pre-seller in the history of the ticketing company, trumping the first ‘Hunger Games’,” the report reads.

It continues: “Most IMAX screenings have sold out, but outside of those premium formats, there are tickets remaining to many shows on opening weekend.”

With four weeks still to go until release, it seems very likely that The Force Awakens will boast the biggest opening in movie history.

The current record holder is Jurassic World, which earned an incredible $208.8 million.

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However, December is a fiercely competitive month for movies – no films have ever opened to more than $100 million in the holiday month, as noted by Variety.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey still holds the December opening record with $85 million, which looks sure to be topped by the new Star Wars entry.

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens release date is set for December 17 in the UK, and December 18 in the USA.

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