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J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t begin rolling out in the U.S. until Thursday night, and already the movie boasts more ticket sales than any title in Fandango’s 15-year history.
Put another way, Force Awakens has sold more tickets than Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron did during their entire runs. The former was Fandango’s previous record-holder in terms of most tickets sold.
Fandango, an online ticket service which works with theater circuits across the country, does not disclose actual figures.
The hype surrounding Force Awakens has put Disney and Lucasfilm in the unusual position of having to assure moviegoers there are still plenty of seats available to see the pic over its opening weekend.
“It’s incredibly encouraging to have the kind of record presales that we’ve seen with this film, but theaters have been adding shows constantly to adjust for demand and it’s important to note that there is no shortage of available seats for people to see the film this weekend,” said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis.
Prerelease tracking suggests Force Awakens will open to $180 million-$220 million in North America. Jurassic World is the current record-holder for the biggest launch ever with $208.8 million.
Abrams’ movie is also launching around the globe this week, taking in $14.1 million Wednesday in its first 12 markets.
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