As the huddled masses consisting of the Star Wars faithful continue to emerge this morning to sing the praises of director J.J. Abrams' leveling new installment, and with some viewers already scheduling their weekend around repeated viewings of the film in the theater, the likelihood of Episode VII remaining at the top of the box office for weeks to come is a seeming inevitability. Following the fervency of early critical reception, the film has since gone on to win subsequent praise and acclaim across the board.
Just how successful the latest entry in the notorious science-fiction franchise will yet become is still up in the air. However, the latest word from Fandango has it that Abrams' The Force Awakens is nowhere short of being a monumental, monetary success.
According to Variety, the latest film in the original motion picture series has already surpassed any other feature's ticket sales on Fandango for the duration of an entire theatrical run. The exact sales numbers are still forthcoming, but Abrams' epic is already set to break this summer's $208.4 million Jurassic World opening, and should go on to become the biggest feature film debut in history.
The astounding $100 million pre-sales record surely laid the way for an opening as big as this one, and as such the future availability of seats for moviegoers going into 2016 is already a topic of concern for representatives at Disney. Speaking to the ability for future viewers to see the new film, distribution chief, Dave Hollis, has stated:
"We are obviously very encouraged by the record-breaking pre-sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 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."
Come hell or high water, it's unlikely that a crowd will keep eager viewers from seeing the latest Star Wars film, as the force has seemingly awoken already, and may not rest for the duration of Episode VII's entire theatrical run. For those about brave the mob to see The Force Awakens this weekend, you can be sure that you will not be alone - and will likely be in the company of millions upon millions of like-minded students of the force.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.