Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaks cinema records

The JJ Abrams-directed 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has broken the all-time record for the most pre-sale cinema tickets in its first day on sale

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has broken the all-time record for the most pre-sale cinema tickets in its first day on sale.

The JJ Abrams-directed movie is set to hit cinema screens in December and its pre-sales have already surpassed every IMAX record ever, taking $6.5 million.

By comparison, the much-anticipated new sci-fi movie has beaten 'The Hunger Games' by more than eight times, underlining the enduring appeal of the iconic franchise.

The news was announced shortly after the third trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' was released, increasing the excitement levels ahead of the movie's release.

British actress Daisy Ridley posted a video online of her reaction to the trailer, in which she can be seen struggling to hold back tears.

Alongside the video, posted on Instagram, the 23-year-old actress said: "Staying in a little b'n'b with my friend... Set an alarm to watch the trailer... My friend filmed my reaction. Totally emotional seeing it for the first time and so so so incredibly awed to be part of this incredible legacy #starwars #theforceawakens (sic)"

However, her on-screen co-star John Boyega said he didn't film his own reaction to the trailer because he was stuck in traffic after attending a basketball game.

He wrote on Twitter: "Have I seen the trailer ? No! En route home from lakers game. It deserves a BIG screen.

"I'll film my reaction. I'm excited ! But the way traffic in LA is set up..... (sic)"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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