Theaters are reportedly prepping their systems for Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets to go on-sale next Monday, following the new trailer release. After a lengthy wait, Star Wars: Episode VIII is nearly upon us and with that will come even more coverage on the latest installment in the saga set in a galaxy far, far away. Audiences were left with several questions once Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens had wrapped up, and with almost the entire cast back for the sequel and Rian Johnson at the helm, the buzz around The Last Jedi continues to be positive.
Such positivity may only increase when the next official full-length trailer arrives. Following Mark Hamill's tease of The Last Jedi's next trailer launch date, it now looks as though said preview will arrive even sooner than Hamill suggested. After the brand-new footage drops online, fans will be able to start picking up tickets for the movie's actual screenings, according to the latest report on the matter.
Furious Fanboys editor Jeremy Conrad is reporting that both AMC and Regal Cinemas have begun prepping their systems so that tickets can be purchased for Star Wars: The Last Jedi starting at some point on Monday, October 9th. This has not yet been confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney, so it is best to take this with a grain of salt for the time being. That said, it makes sense for Disney to release the trailer and have the announcement prepared at the end that tickets for the film are now available for purchasing.
Should this prove to be true, it will kick off The Last Jedi's ticket pre-sales - and in turn, lead to inevitable comparisons to the massive ticket pre-sales for The Force Awakens from two years ago. Whereas Episode VII managed to collect $100M in ticket pre-sales alone, The Last Jedi may have a difficult time replicating those numbers, given that it's less of an "event" than The Force Awakens (a film that Star Wars fans spent over thirty years waiting for). Rest assured though, The Last Jedi will give Episode VII a run for its money in this department, all the same.
With what is sure to be an incredibly high number of showtimes, The Last Jedi will probably offer a few added options that could further increase its box office opening take. According to Conrad, Lucasfilm and Disney are planning on having a double-feature option in select theaters that will allow fans to watch The Force Awakens again on the big screen and then see The Last Jedi immediately after. With Episode VIII picking up almost immediately after the events of Episode VII, watching the movies back-to-back sounds like all the more appealing an option. Here's to hoping that Disney and Lucasfilm either confirms or denies all of these details, sometime ahead of the start of next week.
Source: Jeremy Conrad
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