“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Breaks Ticket Presale Records

By Staff  |  10/20/2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

After rolling out the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday night (Oct. 19), pre-sale tickets became available... and broke records.

According to Reuters, early sales for The Force Awakens broke IMAX records with more than $6.5 million for U.S. screenings.

IMAX Corp said presales for the film outpaced first day sales for 2012's The Dark Knight Rises and Avengers and 2013's Hunger Games: Catching Fire, all in the $1 million presale range.

The film isn't due until Dec. 18, but fans are excited. Online ticketer Fandango suffered temporary outages as fans flocked to the site on Monday event, and on Tuesday (Oct. 20), said it "experienced unprecedented ticketing demand," with more than seven times the normal traffic it usually saw. However, the company has not revealed how many tickets have sold.

The third trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted during the halftime slot on ESPN's Monday Night Football. In it, viewers got a further glimpse of the film's plot and characters, which included the return of veterans Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, as well as newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver.

As of press time, the trailer has garnered over 15.5 million views on Youtube.