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Here's When You Can Buy Tickets For Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

It's almost time to travel back to the galaxy far, far away. 

With the launch of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker closing in on the two-months-away mark, fans have become ever anxious about when they can secure tickets to see the Skywalker-saga-ending flick the moment it arrives in theaters. Luckily for those Star Wars enthusiasts out there, Fandango has just announced exactly when tickets for The Rise of Skywalker will go on sale. 

Those keen to purchase advance tickets for The Rise of Skywalker can do so on Fandango beginning on Monday, October 21.

Anyone interested in showing their love for Star Wars in an even bigger way can order limited-edition Rise of Skywalker Fandango gift cards, available for purchase starting on Monday, October 21 as well. The designs for the exclusive gift cards haven't yet been revealed, though we suspect they'll be pretty epic (Daisy Ridley's Rey battling against Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, anyone?) and will sell out quite quickly. 

In fact, Fandango executives are well aware of the hype surrounding the December 20 release of The Rise of Skywalker, and are thrilled to be the go-to spot for online ticket sales. The company's managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement accompanying the news, "It's the end of an era, and fans cannot wait to see the epic conclusion to the Skywalker saga that began more than four decades ago. The Rise of Skywalker is truly among the biggest and most anticipated films ever, and we are beyond excited to see how this momentous chapter in Star Wars storytelling nears its end."

How many tickets will The Rise of Skywalker sell?

Jedi fights and the ceaseless tug-of-war between the light and dark sides of the Force have nothing on the battle to buy tickets to see a Star Wars movie. It's all but guaranteed that tickets for The Rise of Skywalker will sell out extremely quickly, so it's best for fans wanting to see the film during Thursday-night previews or on its official launch day of Friday, December 20 to be at the ready when tickets go on sale on Fandango. 

With sold-out screenings an inevitability, one has to question how many tickets The Rise of Skywalker will sell. Its immediate predecessors, 2017's The Last Jedi and 2015's The Force Awakensboth sold millions of dollars worth of advance tickets — with The Last Jedi becoming Fandango's biggest advance seller of 2017 and The Force Awakens breaking advance ticket sales records in both the U.S. and the U.K. These sky-high advance ticket sales translated into box-office-busting opening weekends: The Last Jedi earned more than $220 million domestically in its first three days out in December 2017, while The Force Awakens took home almost $248 million stateside from December 18 to December 20, 2015.

Judging solely on how many tickets the past two Star Wars films sold ahead of their respective releases, it stands to reason that The Rise of Skywalker will have no problem selling millions of advance tickets around the world — or going on to sell many, many more after its official debut. Industry analysts haven't yet begun predicting how much money the film will make in its opening weekend, though all signs point to The Rise of Skywalker performing on par or far better than the pair of movies that came before it. 

Now, whether or not The Rise of Skywalker can beat Avengers: Endgame in advance ticket sales or at the box office is another question entirely. The Joe and Anthony Russo-directed superhero epic is currently the highest-earning movie in history, having raked in $2.8 billion across the globe. Comparatively, The Force Awakens earned just over $2 billion worldwide in 2015, and The Last Jedi only took in $1.3 billion in 2017. 

Granted, the films that came before Avengers: Endgame didn't earn nearly as much money as it did, and the film's outrageous financial success may be due in part to the fact that it capped off an era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — it ended Phase 3 and closed out the Infinity Saga. The Rise of Skywalker is doing essentially the same thing: wrapping up the nine-movie Skywalker saga and placing the franchise on a whole new narrative course. The finality of Endgame sent fans to the theater in droves, and the momentousness of The Rise of Skywalker feels like it will do the same. And even if The Rise of Skywalker doesn't beat Endgame's worldwide box office record, it very well may topple its domestic revenue. We'll just have to wait and see.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20.