Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Break Records


Poster for The Force Awakens

Bret Belden, Staff Writer

Come December 18th, flocks of crazed individuals will yield plastic lightsabers while trampling and stomping their way to the movie theatre. Scalped tickets riddle the market, becoming a most desired commodity. According to an article on Variety, “Tickets for sale in major cities like New York City and Los Angeles are on sale for north of $200 […] prompting most experts to say they’ve never seen interest on this level.” Experts are predicting The Force Awakens to break $200 million in the opening weekend. There is a great chance that it will be even larger, considering its shattering of pre-release records  –  over $100 million in tickets have already been sold.

Even minutes after the initial ticket sales, most theatres in the area had sold out. Brendan O’Connor ‘16 said, “I want tickets but they all sold out the first day. Where can I get some?”

The excitement surrounding this film is causing a mass hysteria amongst those who can’t obtain tickets. The scalping prices are a direct result of this, as fans struggle to be first to see the film.

However, these fans are not a force to be reckoned with. Last month, Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf insulted fans and mocked the franchise in a live-TV discussion. In response, she received a startling amount of death threats by upset fans on social media. Any threat posed to the Star Wars name is met with pushback from the most dedicated fanbase known to man, and it cannot be stopped.

The hype surrounding this film is unmatched. There has been no other like it, and there likely won’t be for a long time.