Just how huge will Star Wars: The Force Awakens be when it comes out in theaters? We may already have some idea.
Online ticket seller Fandango has revealed to Variety that the seventh chapter in the saga of the Skywalker family has already sold more than $50 million in advance tickets -- a staggering number that easily makes it the biggest pre-seller in the history of the company.
The Hollywood Reporter states that the previous record-holder for most pre-sales was 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, with $25 million, which The Force Awakens has already doubled. And there's still nearly a month to go before the movie actually opens.
What does this mean for the next set of records that The Force Awakens could shatter? It's hard to say, but expectations are now huge. The biggest December opening of all time at the moment belongs to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hauled in $85 million. Star Wars should blow right past that and easily make more than $100 million in its opening three days, something no December release has ever done before.
The biggest opening weekend ever belongs to Jurassic World, with $208 million, and that is the barrier that Star Wars: The Force Awakens must cross in order to -- believe it or not -- not be judged as somewhat of a letdown. Some box-office tracking reports have predicted a $225 million bow for J.J. Abrams' movie, but this is the year that box-office tracking has truly crapped the bed -- a lot of tracking predictions have been wildly off in both directions, leading to some surprise disappointments (Ted 2) and unexpected successes (Straight Outta Compton).
Beyond that ... well, two of the five top-grossing movies of all time came out just this year (Jurassic World and Furious 7), and it seems feasible that Star Wars: The Force Awakens can enter the billion-dollar-plus club without breaking a sweat. But can it crack the ultra-exclusive two-billion-dollar pantheon, which currently boasts just two members, Avatar ($2.8 billion) and Titanic ($2.2 billion)? Even the Force cannot show us that yet.
How high do you think The Force Awakens will climb? Have you bought your tickets already?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Dec. 18, 2015.