Online ticket sales soar for new Star Wars movie

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Don't expect long lines if you want to see the newest Star Wars movie on this opening weekend.

The theaters are packed, but it didn't take fans long to get in Thursday night at West Warren Theater in Wichita. Many fans came, but paid for their tickets online. 

"The story line, the all out lines of the movies. And the detail they put in the sets and the films," said Easton Harris.

Easton Harris went to see the film with his siblings and parents. His mother said she remembered Star Wars being the first movie she ever saw, and wanted to continue making memories by seeing the movie on opening night with her family. Her daughter seemed to approve.

"It's a really good tradition since all of the families gathered together and we're all having a good time," said Charlie Harris.

While long lines may not have been forming in West Wichita, demand was certainly high as a steady stream of people came through the theater before the first showing.

Nationwide, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is expected to earn $200 million at the box office by the end of the weekend in the United States. Ticket site Fandango announced this week that pre-sale tickets of The Last Jedi were the highest of any movie in 2017.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Royals get first sweep since last summer, beat Twins 5-3

    Royals get first sweep since last summer, beat Twins 5-3

    Drew Butera hit a tiebreaking, three-run inside-the-park home run when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday to take three in a row from the Twins and complete their first series sweep in a year. 

    Drew Butera hit a tiebreaking, three-run inside-the-park home run when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday to take three in a row from the Twins and complete their first series sweep in a year. 

  • Perez homers, Royals hold off Twins 4-2

    Perez homers, Royals hold off Twins 4-2

     Salvador Perez homered, reliever Brian Flynn picked up the win with three scoreless innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Saturday night. 

     Salvador Perez homered, reliever Brian Flynn picked up the win with three scoreless innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Saturday night. 

  • VanVleet hosts summer hoops camp

    VanVleet hosts summer hoops camp

    For years Wichita state fans had a front row seat watching Fred VanVleet command and lead the shockers.  Now he's getting more and more international attention.  

    For years Wichita state fans had a front row seat watching Fred VanVleet command and lead the shockers.  Now he's getting more and more international attention.  

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

<'>
  • Most Popular Stories

    • Motorcyclist dies after hitting semi

      One person is critically hurt after a motorcycle and a semi truck collide.

    • Person in jail following home invasion

      One person is in custody in connection with a home invasion in Barber County. 

    • MGN Online

      Half of Kansas at high risk for West Nile virus

      The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a high-risk warning for West Nile virus infections for half of the state.

    • Friend remembers Wichita woman killed in Utah motorcycle crash

      Sandy Rigby has been riding motorcycles for almost 20 years, and there's no couple she's hit the streets with more than Judith and Jason Murray.

    • Restaurant report card

      The concert Crewstview Bevco at Crewstview country club had several safety violations. Inspectors found strawberries covered in white and green mold. Tomatoes, pasta, ham and other food was being stored at unsafe temperatures and inspectors found old food debris was built up on the can opener and slicer.  This restaurant is found to be out of compliance.  Neighbors bar and grill on west 21st street needs to make some changes. Inspectors saw an employee touching raw eggs th...

    • 1 critically hurt in east Wichita apartment fire

      1 critically hurt in east Wichita apartment fire early Sunday morning.

    • Kansas woman recounts hours leading to Missouri duck boat accident

      As the community met to grieve for the 17 tourists killed riding on a duck boat across Table Rock Lake, Lyons, KS native, Becky Rombeck is counting her blessings. Her boat left just 30 minutes earlier than the ill-fated boat that capsized in a storm. “It’s just so scary. You, know you just did it and then 17 people are killed,” Rombeck said. Rombeck said the weather outside appeared to be perfect. “The weather was beautiful. You could see the clouds coming i...

    • Local artists adorn parts of Wichita with murals

      Parts of Wichita are getting an artsy facelift. Artists and community members spent Saturday painting murals in north and northeast Wichita.

    • DA: No charges in death of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez

      The last page of a report provided to the media says, "In light of the death of the sole suspect in the death of Lucas Hernandez, no charges will be filed concerning his death in February of 2018."

    • KTVX

      Wichita woman among 3 killed in Utah motorcycle crash

      One of the victims was identified as 53-year-old Judith Murray of Wichita. She was riding a motorcycle driven by 50-year-old Jason Murray.