Star Wars: The Force Awakens Slashes Through Previous U.S. Presale Ticket Record With $100 Million Haul
At least half of that tally is from pre-sale tickets for the flick's opening weekend -- following a premiere earlier this week in Los Angeles, Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out Thursday night in select theaters and then releases generally the morning of December 18 (Friday).
Of course, the longer you wait, the higher the chance of running into a spoiler. You can bet there will be plot twists, one of which is likely to involve Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill's name appears on marketing materials, but his face is curiously missing on movie posters. There's also a teaser scene in the trailer that shows a hooded character with a mechanical hand reaching out to R2-D2.
Disney has to be happy with the initial response to the new flick. It paid a hefty sum -- $4.05 billion -- back in 2012 acquiring Lucasfim Ltd and the Star Wars franchise, about half of which was paid in cash. With an opening weekend that could bring in as much as $220 million, it has a chance as surpassing Avatar's record world-wide box office gross of more than $2.7 billion.