Top 5 Movie Ticket Pre-Sales in Box Office History

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Since 2009, every major blockbuster, when it comes to its box office projections, has been compared to James Cameron’s Avatar. The massive film still holds the record for the highest grossing film of all time, with $2.78 billion earned. It is an astounding record that has not come close to being broken. Cameron’s Titanic is the distant runner-up, trailing Avatar by $600 million.

But what about the records when it comes to movie ticket pre-sales? As the hype around certain film franchises, such as Star Wars, grows larger and larger, studios continue to put tickets on sale much earlier, generating an ever-increasing amount of fan anticipation. People are hungry to ensure they have their tickets ahead of time, rather than get to the theater on release day and find they can’t get into a sold-out show.

One of the latest instances was the pre-sale for Avengers: Endgame, which shattered records for movie ticket pre-sales on April 2. And when I say shattered, I mean absolutely, dare I say, decimated the competition? Endgame is not only the new record holder, it accomplished this feat in a mere six hours.

This got us thinking: What are the other biggest pre-sales in movie history? According to Fandango, these are the movies with the highest numbers of pre-sale tickets.

1. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)


“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.”

2. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015)


“Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Defected stormtrooper Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.”

3. ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (2017)


“Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.”

4. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (2016)


“The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.”

5. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)


“The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.”

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