The pre-sale for the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Wake Up shatter all records of American ticketing sites, heralding astronomical revenues for the film.
“We are living an extraordinary moment in the sector (film), with request tickets unprecedented for Star Wars ” and procurement “eight times higher than during the previous record” , prepared by Hunger Games in 2012, the site said Fandango in a statement.
Monday, day of sale of tickets worldwide, traffic on Fandango jumped to “a level seven times higher than normal ‘ , the statement added, specifying that theaters continue to add new sessions to their programming to meet the demand. “The enthusiasm for the most anticipated film of the year is surreal and we hope that it will last until December 18″ , the US release date. In France and Belgium in particular, the film will be released from December 16.
Rising tide of requests
The ticketing site Movietickets.com also welcomed the “best first day ever experienced sales “. Tickets for “The Force awakening” are “95% of all tickets sold on the site over the past 24 hours” adds Movietickets.com . Monday, many sites worldwide, including Fandango and Starwars.fr , found themselves down against the tidal wave of applications for the first new episode “Star Wars” in a decade.
The battle to be the first to see the new adventures of Han Solo and Leia, which start 30 years after the end of the plot of Return of the Jedi , as were all the rage on auction sites like eBay , where a pair of VIP tickets were offered for 10,000 dollars.
The official pre-sales figures will not be released before several more days by Disney, which bought the inter-space saga for $ 4 billion, there are three.
Some avid fans of the Force
“It is clear that pre-sales of Star Wars will break records, it is the saga that can considered the most beloved of Hollywood history. No fan base is more eager than those who follow the Force! “, says Jeff Bock, analyst firm specializes in box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Monday, to continue to feed the fever around the “Episode VII” , Disney also unveiled the official trailer of the film, which set fire to networks social. On Tuesday, the two and a half minutes of unseen footage had been viewed more than 20 million times.
These figures also seemed to augur a historic start for the film in theaters. An analyst specializing in the North American box office expected 150-200000000 revenue in North America for the first weekend and over 600 million worldwide, which would beat the record set by Jurassic World to $ 524 million this year. Some had forecast up to $ 300 million for the first weekend in the US and Canada.
In terms of global revenues over time, the experts expected that “Episode VII” to be able to reach Avatar and Titanic , both James Cameron film and the only two to have ever surpassed the two billion. “With the Disney marketing machine behind Star Wars, I would not bet against! “ Jeff Bock concludes.