Skip to comments.THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH 'SITH':Star Wars Film Breaks 'Passion' Advance Ticket Record (by 5x!)
Posted on 05/15/2005 2:59:40 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
Fandango, the nation's largest online and phone movie ticketing service, is already reporting that Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is slated to be the top selling title in the company's five year history.
The film is positioned to dethrone the former ticketed champ, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
SITH has seen a 75% week over week continious increase in ticket sales.
An astounding 80% of US film fans responding to a Fandango poll said they planned to see SITH the opening weekend.
SITH has accounted for 79% of Fandango's weekly ticket sails. Moviegoer anticiapation is so high that the company is selling tickets for a theatre that hasn't opened yet.
'The force is strong with this one,' said Fandango presdient and CEO Art Levitt.
'The final installment of the Star Wars saga is clearly attracting not only long time fans, but mainstream ticketbuyers throught the country.'
'Based on our advanced sales, SITH will likely enjoy one of the largest box office opening weekends in history.'
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Fandango got my money already. I've got my 12:01am tickets for Wednesday night!
I know one of the managers at the local theatre so he will save me a seat...
Be prepared for many preachings and cheers from the Left.
Not that i wouldn't see it.
This is the one we've been waiting for. I couldn't imagine seeing it any other way than in full geek mode, surrounded by my fellow nerds. LOL! I am no longer in denial.
It's a frickin' space opera...Buck Rogers with better graphics. Lucas is laughing a wookie laugh while the bucks roll in.
lmao! Full geek ahead captain...
The critics have been kind this time too, Lucas knew all was on the line here and even brought in Speilburg for assistance.
AOL is really hoping to stir things up!
I'm an Original Trilogy fan. Have been since 1983. My attic
is full of collectible toys and I have a lightsaber autographed by Mark Hamill. I've loved most things about the Galaxy Far, Far Away for a long time, and I was an adult in '83, so this isn't some 'my childhood memories have been ruined' thing.
I'm not going to see ROTS. I didn't see AOTC.
Lucas lost me at TPM. That was sad. 20 years, unlimited funds and technology and we got that.
I should envy those of you who anticipate this film and who will enjoy it, but I don't.
You should envy me- because I remember when SW was a 'modern myth', and aspired to be more than a 'kiddie movie'.
Lucas can tell whatever story he likes, the way he likes- but the Prequel films will never be incorporated into 'my' Star Wars.
It's part of the culture now- deeply personal- and it hasn't belonged just to Lucas in a long time. Whatever he set out to make- it has passed into modern myth in a way. He can ruin it for some by making it a stupid commercial for toys, but not for everyone.
What he's done is serve up a Star Wars buffet.
I'll pass the creamed cauliflower and liver( the PT) and go for the good stuff,( the OT). Bon appetit!
I thin Lucas has returned to his roots with this film. No more kid stuff...
CUT from Cannes Film Festival:
Cannes film festival (May 11-kick off), star wars raises questions of U.S. imperialism http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/13776.html
DAVID GERMAIN | Associated Press
May 15, 2005
Cannes audiences made blunt comparisons between "Revenge of the Sith" _ the story of Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side and the rise of an emperor through warmongering _ to President Bush's war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq.
Two lines from the movie especially resonated:
"This is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause," bemoans Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) as the galactic Senate cheers dictator-in-waiting Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) while he announces a crusade against the Jedi.
"If you're not with me, then you're my enemy," Hayden Christensen's Anakin _ soon to become villain Darth Vader _ tells former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). The line echoes Bush's international ultimatum after the Sept. 11 attacks, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
"When he says, 'If you're not with me, then you're my enemy," it's a flagrant reference to Bush," said 22-year-old Thomas Tiez, a French student who saw the film at Cannes. "That can't be a coincidence."
"That quote is almost a perfect citation of Bush," said Liam Engle, a 23-year-old French-American aspiring filmmaker. "Plus, you've got a politician trying to increase his power to wage a phony war."
Though the plot was written years ago, "The anti-Bush diatribe is clearly there," Engle said.
The film opens Wednesday in parts of Europe and Thursday in the United States and many other countries.
But most parents these days don't even know how to control their kids...
Amen to these two! Food shouldn't make noise. I'm for the outlaw of chips, popcorn, ice, crunchy candy, etc...if it makes noise when you chew it, open mouthed or otherwise, ban it from the theater. Smackers should be sent to the nearest cow pasture as punishment.
>>Smackers should be sent to the nearest cow pasture as punishment.<<
To dine on the abundance of cow patties (on whole wheat, of course).
True, to combat this I usually go to a late 10:00pm showing, but that doesn't always work.
Lucas' rules say that the film must stay at least 8-9 weeks in the same huge high quality audio stadiums
The really sad part is that more and more we see Hollywood slipping in political propoganda (sp?) that this is credible.
I got my advance ticket on 4/25/05 SW geek here!
There are some places showing the whole previous 5 films!
That would be cool to see...From 1 to 6 all in one sequence. I am sure a lot of puzzling pieces will fall into place.
It should. RotK sucked big time. I actually nodded off during the cheesy, unneccessary last hour. Awful.
This works out great, since I get off work at 11pm.
How many more screens, how much more promotion, and how much more expensive was the film?
People had to rent out theaters to get some of them to even book Passion of the Christ. I don't think anyone had to bend a theater owner's arm to get him to book Star Wars 6.
I agree. I am not anticipating seeing this movie, but I must, since I have a 10-year-old who is in full SW Geek Mode right now. I'll have to go preview it before he can see it. IMO, Lucas jumped the shark with the Ewoks and finished it off with Jar-Jar Binks. Stick a fork in it. It's dead.
Actually its the other way around. GL wants theaters to upgrade their equipment to digital quality. If GL had his way only digital theaters would be showing his movie.
GL was quoted recently and GL actually prefers you see the films in the order they were released. IV, V, VI and then I, II and III.
I'm sure Hillary is laughing too. I wonder what percentage of the take will end up financing her 2008 campaign?
Remember the source..a "French-American aspiring filmmaker" and sadly enough this review will be repeated by the liberal press here in the US..wait and see.
It seems only by the radical right wing. Its been getting decent reviews in the big liberal rags.
I have been following the Cannes Film Festival since it began watching for this type of rhetoric. Has been calm so far. Of course the real interviews have not started yet! Remember the Jessica Lange anti-Bush interview/video a few years ago? Lange is back there again in Broken Flowers with Bill Murray and Sharon Stone scheduled to open here in August.
I have just been keeping an eye on the Cannes.
It definitely will do well at the box office; and rightly so.
I know where you are coming from. I fell in love with the OT when I was a kid and nothing can ever top them, but regardless how relatively poor the prequels have been, I have learned to enjoy them. To me it has become all about the endless story. I've started reading the books, including the adaptation from the ROTS screenplay, and with all of the characters, their stories, and the way they all fit together--the movies have just become a formality for me. I know and love the story, and I'm not going to let stiff acting, corny lines, or Jar Jar interfere with that. But as I say, I completley understand your point of view.
Awesome! It's so much fun to see it with all the hard-core fans at the first showing.
"but the Prequel films will never be incorporated into 'my' Star Wars. "
Adding insult to injury Lucas is apparently intent to banishing from official public view your (and my) original star wars films, and instead only his updated improved slapstickish versions.
I think it's so neat that you are going to the midnight showing on opening day! My husband is going to the midnight show too, with a good friend of his. He says that he will take me next weekend. :-/ It's okay though, I have to work the next morning and would be a total zombie.
When the LOTR movies came out, I found that there's nothing that can compare to the magic of seeing those opening midnight shows with the rabid fans. Have fun!
I'm taking my Mom, who is also a huge sci-fi fan.
She took me when the first one came out, so it's my turn to return the favor.
I don't go to movies often - last one was LOTR: ROTK but this one I've been waiting for since I was 3.
Too many distractions at home and unless you have a $50,000 entertainment system, it just doesn't compare. Besides, its good to get out of the house for something other than work.
I agree! Those noises bother me as well. I put as much distance between me and where the crowd gravitates as possible and as close to one of the speakers as possible.
Most of the 3am-6am showings here were empty I am told.