Star Wars: The Force Awakens Broke a Few Ticket-Sales Records; Get Used to More Headlines Like This

Run from the massive earnings! Photo: Lucasfilm

Less than a month before its release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made more than $50 million in advanced ticket sales in North America, making it the biggest pre-seller in history according to The Wall Street Journal. That's twice the previous record of $25 million in pre-sales tickets, which was set by The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. The WSJ reports that several theaters are adding extra screenings to accommodate demand for the film. While most current predictions have the film beating the record $209 million opening set by Jurassic World this June, Variety cautions that no film has opened to more than $100 million in December — the biggest December opening to date has come from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which made $85 million the weekend of its release. Still, unless The Force Awakens is entirely about Ewoks, and performed and spoken entirely in Ewok, it's hard to imagine that predictions will fall short.