WATCH: Fans pack theatres for Star Wars The Force Awakens opening night
The fans are out in force tonight, as Star Wars, The Force Awakens opens in theatres across B.C.
The crowd was thick, but line ups were under control at Downtown Vancouver’s Scotiabank Theatre, where fans checked in to pick up tickets many of them had ordered months in advance.
Storm troopers, Han Solos, Wookies, and of course plenty of light sabers were all on hand.
While a common love of the franchise unites everyone here, they all have their own reasons for being first in line to see the blockbuster.
“I think the thing I like most of all is the action, I think the action is really a lot of fun to watch, I just marvel at how they do it.”
“So exciting, I’m going tomorrow as well.”
“I love Star Wars, Star Wars is my favourite movie franchise, I’ve wanted to watch it since it was first announced.”
— Shelby Thom (@ShelbyThom980) December 18, 2015
Dentist John Christensen, dressed as Darth Vader, says he brought his entire staff to the film as a holiday staff party. All in costume of course.
“We’re really excited. The sad thing is three of my staff have never seen Star Wars. So they’re going to go see it before all the nerds go!”
At the Dunbar theatre, on Vancouver’s West Side, people began camping out yesterday in a bid to get the best seats for the show.
— DUNBAR THEATRE (@DunbarTheatre) December 16, 2015
The film is widely predicted to become the highest grossing film of all time.
Online ticket retailer Fandango says the movie had already outsold any other movie – for their entire run – before the first screening even began tonight.
And it’s already breaking pre-sale dollar records too, topping $100 million in North America alone.
Earlier this month, Cineplex added hundreds of screenings in Canada to meet the “unprecedented demand,” and local scalpers have been trying to cash in – pushing tickets for sums as high as $300.