Wednesday Update: Fandango reports that in the opening hours of Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker going on sale, the pic sold more tickets than any other Star Wars movie on Fandango, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In regards to daily sales, as of Wednesday, Skywalker is the #1 daily ticket-seller on Fandango, representing more than half of today’s ticket sales, even though the highly-anticipated blockbuster doesn’t open for another two months.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is blasting through all current and upcoming new releases, with massive presales on Fandango,” says Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “Film fans are excited to see what’s in store for Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren and the rest of their favorite Star Wars characters in this final chapter of the Skywalker saga, especially with director J.J. Abrams at the helm.”
Previous, Tuesday 6:48PM: 2nd Best First Day Sales for Atom Tickets After going on sale last night during the halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has turned out to be the second first day bestseller for mobile ticket retailer Atom Tickets, behind this year’s Avengers: Endgame. That movie literally shut down many exhibitors’ online ticket sites during their first day sales back in April. No other exhibitors or ticket services have reported yet on their first day sales for Skywalker, so we don’t know yet how big of a box office phenomenon this Star Wars finale will be.
Atom reports that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sold 2.5 times more tickets in its first day of pre-sales than Star Wars: The Last Jedi back in October 2017.
Last night, Atom reported that Rise of Skywalker set a first hour record for the retailer, selling 45% more tickets than Avengers: Endgame in its first hour.
As it stands, Atom Tickets’ top five movies with the best ‘first day’ of pre-sales are as follows:
- Avengers: Endgame
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Avengers: Infinity War
Endgame in the days prior to its April 26 opening had amassed an estimated $120M+ in presales before the film even projected on screen. That figure outstripped Star Wars: Force Awakens’ presales of $100M+ (opening weekend $247.9M). Off Endgame‘s lofty presale numbers, many anticipated a $300M+ all-time record opening and that’s exactly what happened with $357.1M in U.S./Canada.