As you probably know, advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens began on Monday night, Oct. 19.
Along with more than 128 million views of the trailer in the first 24 hours, box offices reaped the benefits of all the Star Wars excitement to the tune of record-breaking sales numbers. Lucasfilm hasn't released the exact numbers, but IMAX alone grossed $6.5 million — for a movie that's still two months away. That's unprecedented.
So, here's a statistic that will come as a surprise to no one.
Film data processing guru Movio Media says that 70 percent of those advanced ticket sales went to males between the ages of 18 and 49, with the average ticket buyer's age being 34. According to Deadline, the Force Awakens ticket buyers spent more than 2.6 times what the average moviegoer spends at the box office, with 67 percent of them typically attending a major tentpole film when it first releases.
Lucasfilm released a statement today thanking fans for their support, noting that: "All of us at Lucasfilm are totally overwhelmed by the enthusiasm we've seen from fans this week."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters everywhere on Dec. 18, 2015.