Star Wars mania swept the globe this week as Disney and Lucasfilm unleashed the theatrical trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and advance tickets for the December release became available, crashing theater websites around the world as fans clamored to make sure they’d be among the first to see the hotly-anticipated film.
The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel has already destroyed an IMAX record, pulling in an estimated $6.5 million in sales ($5.5 million more than any other film), and now it has been announced that Episode VII has shifted an unprecedented 200,000+ tickets in its first 24 hours here in the UK, smashing all previous records including Skyfall, Spectre, The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Watch out Avatar…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.