This weekend, the force will more than just awaken at the box office. Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially opens in theaters on Dec. 18, but the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise has already broken records in advance ticket sales.
Sources tell Variety that the film already has sold more than $100 million in advance sales, including opening weekend tickets. The previous record holder for advance sales was The Dark Knight in 2012, which garnered $25 million prior to its release.
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Since tickets officially went on sale in mid-October, The Force Awakens has been steadily breaking records. The first batch of presale tickets, which went on sale Oct. 19, crashed multiple ticketing sites with Fandango reporting “we have already sold eight times as many tickets as we did on the first day of sales for the previous record holder.” Last month, it was reported that advance ticket sales had already topped $50 million and MovieTickets.com reported an increased in sales and traffic Monday, following the film’s world premiere in Los Angeles.
Industry trackers are expecting the film to continue to shatter box office records in its opening weekend, with Jurassic World’s record of $208.8 million definitely in range.