"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is about to redefine what it means to be a Hollywood blockbuster. Though Disney won't comment on pre-sales, as of Wednesday morning the film has sold more than $100 million worth of tickets for the U.S. box office. That's more than four times the prior record-holder, "The Dark Knight Rises," which sold $25 million in advance ticket sales three years ago.
(And the ticket sales are continuing: Fandango says "The Force Awakens" is responsible for 91 percent of all its sales Wednesday.)
Perhaps just as important, critical acclaim is the highest for any film since "Avatar" in 2009. That film, which went on to be the biggest movie of all time, grossing $2.8 billion worldwide, drew an 84 percent score from the reviews tracked by Rotten Tomatoes. Today the reviews of "The Force Awakens" are out, and of the 157 reviews counted, the movie has drawn a remarkable 96 percent rating from critics.