'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Smashes Presale Records
J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is already breaking records two months ahead of its scheduled release in theaters.
In its first 24 hours, the Lucasfilm and Disney tentpole has racked up more advance ticket sales than any previous title in the storied series, according to online service Atom Tickets.
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Tickets went on sale late Monday tied to the release of the trailer, which aired during ESPN's Monday Night Football.
The cast includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell. Original Star Wars actors including Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) return, as will Carrie Fisher (Leia) via previously unused footage that the late actress and Abrams shot for 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Rise of Skywalker’s running time is 155 minutes, edging out Star Wars: The Last Jedi (152 minutes) to mark the longest title in the series.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is set to bow Dec. 20, is Atom Tickets’ second-biggest title in first day sales behind Marvel/Disney's Avengers: Endgame, and it has sold 2.5 times as many tickets as Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
As it stands, Atom Tickets says its list of best-selling titles in the first 24 hours are Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Aquaman (2018), Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
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