‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Becomes Best-Selling Movie of All Time on Fandango

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hasn’t even opened yet and the science-fiction fantasy has already sold more tickets than any other film in history on Fandango.

The seventh film in the hit franchise previously shattered pre-sales records, but now the online ticketer reports that it has sold more tickets than any film has moved during its entire theatrical run.

To earn the record, “The Force Awakens” moved past “Jurassic World.” The rest of the top five biggest sellers are “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “The Hunger Games.”

Fandango did not release the total number of tickets sold, but sources tell Variety that “The Force Awakens” has already generated more than $100 million in pre-sales and that seats have been purchased into 2016. Industry analysts believe that “The Force Awakens” will break “Jurassic World’s” record $208.4 million opening to become the biggest debut in history.

Worried that talk of packed houses might dissuade people from hitting theaters, Disney stressed that there are still seats available when “The Force Awakens” opens on Thursday.

“We are obviously very encouraged by the record-breaking presales for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,'” Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief said in a statement. “But there are literally millions of tickets available for this weekend, and exhibitors have a lot of flexibility in terms of capacity and increasing the number of shows based on demand.”

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  1. ED says:

    So, best selling movie on FANDANGO? Means nothing in the scheme of things. How about – precisely how many tickets were sold for the opening day? The amount of money changes all the times as prices rocket up for Imax, etc. showings of films, plus when Star Wars originally aired in 1977, you could see a matinee for a mere $2. Now the cheapest matinee is $8. So guys, stop spinning Fandango’s PR marketing speak (and Disney’s) and report some facts.

  2. Eddie says:

    This is an egregiously wrong headline and story. The movie has not, by ANY stretch, sold the most movie tickets in history. It hasn’t even sold the most tickets on Fandango. It has, perhaps, generated the most MONEY on Fandango, but that is an entirely, completely, totally, 100% different thing. Seriously, this article borders on completely irresponsible — it’s not reporting, it’s writing words based off of what publicists tell you. Variety, you have done questionable things in the past, but this is JUST WRONG.

  3. Mjkbk says:

    Wow, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter both went off the deep end with this Fandango headline.

    One went totally over-the-top in reporting that the film has sold “the most tickets in HISTORY”.

    This one here is less melodramatic, claiming it’s the “best selling movie OF ALL TIME on Fandango”. Meaning, in 15 years. Since Fandango was founded.

    Sheesh. Get a grip. It’s a big deal, guys, but it’s not EARTHSHAKINGLY big–well, except in the apparently deluded minds of the infotainment press.

  4. cadavra says:

    That’s one of the good things about being older–you have patience. I do want to see it, but I can wait until after the holidays and the crowds die down.

  5. How could it not? That scenario does no existing.

  6. Chizz says:

    I wouldn’t even dream of setting foot in the parking lot of a theater playing this movie opening weekend, much less going to see it. You know all the drooling, sub-intelligent apes are headed for this movie.

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