‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ tickets presale online: When does Episode VII …

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Can ‘The Force Awakens’ become the biggest movie ever?.

LOS ANGELES: Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new “Star Wars” movie is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales, with still a month to go.

The movie is on track to have the biggest December opening ever, topping “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which took in $85 million in the US and Canada on its opening weekend in December 2012. That’s exactly one month from today. (But who’s counting?) At the risk of being struck by light sabers — er, lightning, we’re doing our part to help die-hard droids prepare by offering a monthlong advent calendar.

Ticket seller Fandango says advance ticket sales for “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” has already topped every other movie, though it didn’t provide figures. The final part of the ‘trailer’ includes the rebranding of the Star Wars logo as Sea Wars, along with the tagline The Ike Awakens, referring to the nickname of the Eisenhower. The eagerly awaited new instalment is the first Star Wars film in 10 years, and features characters played by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher that have not appeared on the big screen since 1983. Speaking about the tight control on spoilers, Mark Hamill revealed he faces a financial penalty if he reveals crucial plot information about his character. Whether it bests the biggest grosser of all time — “Avatar,” with $2.8 billion worldwide — depends on word of mouth and whether fans love it enough to watch it multiple times through the new year.

Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker in the new film, but his iconic character has been conspicuously absent from recent teaser clips and promotional pictures. All of this is set to the music and sounds from the film’s trailer, while utilizing some computer-generated effects for Kylo Ren’s cross-guard saber and TIE fighters.

If you’re as “Star Wars”-obsessed as we are, keep this calendar on hand in case you find yourself wringing your hands (or your Hans), wondering what to do until the movie premieres. Star Wars fans have come up with numerous theories to explain his absence, including the possibility that he is “living in self-imposed exile” or potentially “lost on a desert planet”. Marvel’s “Deadpool” doesn’t come out until mid-February, while Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” isn’t out until late March. “I think it’s going to own January,” said Erik Davis, managing editor of Fandango, one of the nation’s largest online ticket retailers. “I know one guy who has nine tickets to see it in the first week alone. Discussing the ongoing threat of spoilers, the actor told PC Gamer: “I have something coming out where there’s an amount of money where if it leaks, because of me, I don’t get that payment.

That’s 87 percent more than this summer’s “Jurassic World,” which opened domestically with a record $208.8 million in ticket sales and owns the all-time No. 3 spot with $1.7 billion worldwide. But I’m good about keeping secrets.” Recalling that he managed to keep a huge secret while shooting the original Star Wars trilogy, Hamill added: “I’m proud of the fact that I knew a year and a half before anybody else that he [Darth Vader] was actually ‘Dad Vader’. As for the all-time high, one thing “Avatar” had going for it: It rode a wave of consumer interest in 3-D, which costs a few dollars more than regular tickets.

Nov. 21: Since he hasn’t been featured in the advertising, speculation is running wild on exactly what role Luke Skywalker is going to have in The Force Awakens. The first installment of “The Hunger Games” was the leader in advance sales, but topped out at a worldwide gross of $693 million, not even in the all-time Top 10. The movie also has a much bigger Chinese box office to tap. “Avatar” pulled down a monstrous $204 million in China through 2010, but the theatrical market there is now at least three times as big.

Sit back with a cup of coffee flavored with Coffee-mate’s limited-edition themed creamer, hop on social media and let the world know your crazy theory. Nov. 22: Like Luke, you may be a little short for a Stormtrooper, but you can make a costume to fit your frame perfectly by following the directions here: www.studiocreations.com/howto/Stormtrooper/Index.html. Nov. 24: Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, a cheaply produced made-for-TV movie that takes place sometime between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, debuted on ABC 30 years ago. After you’ve cleared off the dining room table, scoreboard your family by crushing them at Trivial Pursuit: Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector’s Edition.

Nov. 28: Sit down with your kids, nieces, nephews or other Jedis in training and create masterpieces with the super nifty Star Wars art kit, which you can purchase as an early Christmas gift to yourself on Amazon for $45. Nov. 29: Cook up a themed meal: Chewy steak or Ham Solo for the main course, Vader tots and Millennium Falcorn on the side, and Obi-Wan Cannoli or Chewbaklava for dessert. Dec. 1: Get December diets started off right by heading down to your local bakery, grabbing a couple of large cinnamon rolls, slapping one on each side of your head and having the befuddled baker take an Instagram-worthy photo. Dec. 2: Settle into a comfortable chair in your Emperor’s throne room and read Star Wars: Dark Empire from Dark Horse Comics, in which Luke succumbs to the dark side of the Force. (That sentence was darker than Darth Vader’s uniform.) Dec. 3: Perform Jedi mind tricks for friends.

Dec. 4: Celebrate “Star Wars Day” five months early by stopping everyone you meet and saying “May the fourth be with you.” You may get some strange looks, but what are you supposed to say on May 4, “Live long and prosper”? If you have enough credits to commission a ship to get you there, tell the original Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) and young Boba Fett (Daniel Logan) we said hello — they’ll be there as guests, meeting fans and signing autographs. If you want a Death Star (believe us, that’s no moon), you’ll have to order one online (shop.lego.com/en-US/Star-Wars-ByTheme), as supplies are running low. Dec. 14: Spend the evening at a local bar or coffee house, discussing the mythology of “Star Wars” with your significant other or impressing potential love interests with your Wookiencyclopedic knowledge of the franchise. Dec. 15: It probably won’t snow in North Texas this December, but even if it feels like Hoth outside, you’ll be safe and Lukewarm inside your house (or Tauntaun), playing the “Star Wars” edition of Risk, the popular war-based board game.

Just be careful, as he or she may be armed with a blaster — as we all know, hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side. Dec. 17: With costume on, ticket in hand and phasers set on fun (oops, wrong sci-fi franchise, plus some theaters won’t let you bring weapon props), get in line for what many believe will be the best “Star Wars:” movie yet. To stay entertained while you wait, play games on your smartphone or tablet, such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Uprising and Angry Birds Star Wars II.

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