If you had told me last week just how much money Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to make in the first day of ticket pre-sales I would have laughed at you and called you an idiot. And let’s be honest here – I don’t think you can fault me for this because these numbers are insane!
IMAX Corp said Monday’s pre-sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens far exceeded first day sales for 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers and also 2013’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which were all in the $1million pre-sale range.
‘We anticipated the ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to break records, however the pace in which this film has achieved this is remarkable,’ David Seargent, group managing director of Event Cinemas’ parent company AHL, said in a statement.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sold $6.5million across 390 screens in the United States. That’s Six Times the amount of the previous record holders. But those aren’t even the crazy numbers.
Fandango, which is one of the sites that had it’s website crash on the night of the trailer release, has not given specific numbers at this time but is saying that this Star Wars movie beat 2011’s The Hunger Games, which was the previous record holder in overall pre-ticket sales, by more than Eight Times!
Also, AMC Theatres has said that Star Wars: The Force Awakens beat its previous same day pre-ticket sales record by TEN TIMES!!
Just so you can wrap your head around these numbers I’m going to hit you with some sports analogies.
1929’s Chicago Cardinals, Ernie Nevers, currently holds the NFL record for most points scored by a single person in a single game in the. His record is 40 points in a game. Wilt Chamberlain, who at the time was playing for the Philadelphia Warriors, holds the NBA record for most points scored in a single game. That record is held at 100 points.
What Star Wars did Monday night was like someone showing up to play in the NFL and beating Ernie Nevers‘s record by scoring 400 points in a single game!
What Star Wars did was like someone showing up to play in the NBA and beating Wilt Chamberlain‘s record by only scoring 1,000 points in a single game!
That seem impossible? Well, these Star Wars numbers are impossible too.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages…remember what Star Wars did. Because I can say with 100% certainty that the records that Star Wars: The Force Awakens set on the night of October 19, 2015 will never be beaten.