We still have a month to go before Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes over every single theater on the planet, but the film is already breaking records. The seventh film in the franchise has generated more than $50 million in advance ticket sales.
That’s right, folks. Some Hollywood movies don’t even make $50 million in their entire run at the box office. Star Wars just made it four weeks before its release! According to Fandango, Star Wars 7 is now the biggest pre-seller in movie history, easily beating the first Hunger Games movie and The Dark Knight Rises.
Tickets for opening night are being sold for a ridiculous amount of money online, but according to most reports we’ve seen, you should still be able to find tickets directly from your local theaters. Most of the IMAX screenings have been sold out, but if you’re willing to check it out in the regular format, finding a ticket shouldn’t be too hard.
The impressive early numbers have the experts talking. Just how much money will this film bring in? Disney CEO Bob Iger is trying to play down expectations, but some people believe they could be looking at a $300 million opening weekend, which would crush Jurassic World‘s $208.8 million total.
If Star Wars brings in close to $300 million, it will change the Christmas game forever. December has always been a difficult month for big movies at the box office. No film has ever earned $100 million in December. The current record holder for the month is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s $85 million opening.
You knew it was coming, folks. It happens all the time with important sports events, and now it’s happening with one of the biggest movie events in history. Star Wars: The Force Awakens pre-order tickets hit the internet yesterday after the final trailer was released.
And as you can imagine, the tickets started selling fast. After just one hour of online sales, experts are already predicting this could be the biggest opening in history. Everyone wants to be there for the first night. They want to get tickets to that first showing, and some people are already trying to take advantage of this unique situation.
Tickets for the upcoming Star Wars movie have already been posted on eBay. As you can see in the photo below, this user wants $400 for four tickets to the Dec. 17 (Thursday) IMAX 3D showing of the movie. That’s $100 a ticket!
And there are several other users asking that same price. One person in New York started their bidding at $500, but they’re willing to give the tickets to you straight up if you agree to pay $1,000 right now.
Like we said, this should have been expected, and there will be people paying a ridiculous amount of money for those Thursday showings. However, we would be surprised if anyone actually paid $500 for them. These users probably won’t get the full amount they’re asking for, but they will certainly make a profit.
Anyway, if you still haven’t watched the final trailer, you can check it out below. Good luck getting tickets…please don’t pay $500 for them!
So the trailer for the new Star Wars movie finally hit the interweb and I have to say people are surprised. Surprised and impressed. From the start to the finish the trailer draws you in and leaves you wanting more.
The first character we see is an intense faced John Boyega. Right then you tell yourself that Boyega is perfectly cast. Not too big of a star and he is known already from his Sci-fi role in 2011 ‘Attack the Block’ and he is immediately believable. We see him rockin the familiar Stormtrooper outfit and from that point on, all you can think of in your mind is, “It’s on”.
Then you see Daisy Ridley swoop in, and quickly it cuts over to Oscar Isaac piloting an X-wing leading the other X-wings into formation, then the scene quickly flashes to what appears to be at least one of the films villains yielding a light saber.
OMG! At this point you forget about Disney, you forget about all of your J.J. Abrams worries and your Star Wars senses are on overload. You can’t handle anymore. That’s when you see the Millennium Falcon swoop in and you hear the John Williams’’ classic Star Wars theme…….then your head explodes, or you applaud. Or your head explodes while you are applauding.
For now the score is, Disney and JJ one, cynical doubting fans 0. But this is just the first battle. The scary part is there is so much more to come. Enjoy the tease.
Director J.J. Abrams clearly enjoys working on extravagant films, and one might expect that his parting gifts to his cast and crew are just as lavish. With movies so impressive in size, you wouldn’t expect a personalized and thoughtful gift. We thought the fine folks working on Star Wars: EpisodeVII might receive a sweet lightsaber for their hard work.
But that would just be too predictable. Instead of showering the cast and crew with expensive gifts, J.J. Abrams , producer Bryan Burk and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy sent the cast and crew a simple thank you note. There also appears to be a hat in the background, but they were probably handing those things out like candy. People always order too many hats. That’s why you always see some random dude walking around with a hat representing a company he never worked for.
You’ll ask him, “Hey, bro. Where did you get the hat?” And then he’ll be like, “Some dude forced it on me. He had this crazy look in his eyes. Said something about how the hats were taking over his life.”
Anyway, check out the thoughtful letter J.J. Abrams sent the cast down below…
That’s definitely a letter you frame and show your grandchildren when you are older. The first trailer for the film is expected to be released next month, but that hasn’t been confirmed, so you may want to ask Santa for something else this year. The film won’t arrive in theaters until December 18, 2015.