Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already smashing box office records, and with less than a month to go until its release it is being reported that the film has sold a staggering $50 million of advance ticket sales in North America alone. That figure is double the previous record of $25 million, which was set by The Dark Knight Rises back in 2012.
No film has ever opened to more than $100 million in December, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hitting $85 million on its opening weekend, but The Force Awakens will comfortably reach that milestone, and must surely have a chance of topping Jurassic World’s $208 million to claim the biggest opening of all time.
Star Wars will also have its eye on Jurassic World’s total global haul of $1.67 billion for the title of the biggest movie of the year, which would place it third in list of the all-time highest grossing movies. But will it have enough in the tank to compete with James Cameron’s two top movies Titanic ($2.19 billion) and Avatar ($2.79 billion)? We shall soon find out…
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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.