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Star Wars smashes ticket record with more than $100 million in US presales

Four times the previous record holder

It's not unexpected, but it's still impressive: advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens have crossed the $100 million mark, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This is four times the revenue of previous record holder The Dark Knight Rises, which racked up $25 million in advance ticket sales in 2012. The $100 million figure includes $50 million to $60 million in ticket sales for the film's opening weekend, and The Hollywood Reporter says that sources are claiming the final figure could be "north of $120 million."

This follows earlier feedback of record-breaking sales from many ticket sites. In October, Fandango reported that The Force Awakens sold eight times as many tickets on its side on the first day of sales than the previous record holder (the first Hunger Games movie). The film has also broken records in the UK, with pre-sales "way beyond 1 million," according to the CEO of the UK Cinema Association. Now, the movie industry will be looking to see if The Force Awakens can break the opening weekend record set by Jurassic World, which raked in $208 million domestically, and more than a half a billion worldwide.