‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ breaks advance ticket sales record in US

Industry insiders are now predicting that JJ Abrams' film will set a new opening weekend record

A month ahead of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already breaking box office records.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the new Star Wars movie has raked in a massive $50 million (£33 million) in advance ticket sales in the US – more than any other movie has managed before.

Industry insiders are now predicting that JJ Abrams’ film will go on to set a new opening weekend record in the US when it hits cinema screens on Friday, December 18. The current record is held by Jurassic World, which took $209 million (£143 million) during its opening weekend this June.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in the UK on Thursday, December 17, a day earlier than in the US. The story takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed, though specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by director JJ Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver and Andy Serkis. Abrams has recently revealed that Carrie Fisher’s Leia will not be referred to as “Princess” in the film, but has instead been given a new, more military-sounding title.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the film will feature a character apparently named after a Beastie Boys album.

Watch the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below: