Tickets for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are now on sale and already breaking pre-sales records. The closing chapter of Disney's sequel trilogy is now confirmed to have a PG-13 rating, and opening night events will offer fans the chance to see the movie at 5pm local time on December 19, the day before its official release.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker takes place a year after the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and sees the conflict between the dark and light sides of the Force come to a head as the Resistance prepares for one final push against The First Order. Returning characters from the original Star Wars trilogy include roguish smuggler Lando Calrissian, and the evil Emperor Palpatine.
To celebrate the first day of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ticket sales, new poster artwork has also been revealed, depicting Rey and Kylo Ren's battle on the ruins of the Death Star. Created by artist Dan Mumford, there are four poster variants in total that will be handed out to audiences who attend IMAX screenings of The Rise of Skywalker in AMC Theatres on the movie's opening weekend. You can buy tickets directly from your local theater, or via Fandango or Atom.
It seems anticipation is feverishly high for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as Atom Tickets reports that the film has set a new record for tickets sold within the first hour, selling 45% more tickets than this year's earlier heavy-hitter Avengers: Endgame. The first two movies in Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy grossed $2 billion and $1.32 billion worldwide, respectively, so The Rise of Skywalker can be expected to similarly dominate the holiday box office this year.
The first day of ticket sales was accompanied by the release of the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as a new official poster for the movie. After several busy years of both main Skywalker saga movies and spinoffs Rogue One and Solo, this will be the last Star Wars movie released until 2022, when the first film in a new trilogy from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss arrives in theaters. However the franchise may continue in the future, however, The Rise of Skywalker will mark the definitive end of the story that began back in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope - and few fans are likely to miss out on it.
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