WEB DESK: Only the trailer release of the movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is breaking the record for advance ticket sales for a movie
Pre-sales for the Disney and Lucasfilm project broke every IMAX record, generating more than $6.5 million in domestic ticket sales from moviegoers purchasing tickets to see the film which will open on approximately 390 IMAX screens in North America.
By comparison, Imax has never previously registered more than $1 million in pre-sales on a single day. In most locations, Imax theaters were selling tickets for the first four days of the movie’s run, ensuring that many more seats are yet to become available, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The only words to describe the first day of IMAX worldwide advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are ‘record-shattering’,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We’re seeing sell-outs across the board — from Hollywood to London, to Sparks, Nevada, and everywhere in between.”
Advance tickets for the movie went for sale on Monday after the trailer release. Websites like IMAX, Fandango and Movietickets.com, suffered outages under the pressure.
Previous record holder for Fandango was the Hungers Game. Sales for the movie are already four times greater than advance sales for the last title in the franchise, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, during the same time period. Overall, tickets for Abrams’ film represents 95 percent of all tickets sold on MovieTickets.com.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter