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Star Wars fans clamor for ‘The Force Awakens’ tickets

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Posted at 2:53 PM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 17:02:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- T-Minus 57 days until fan forces awaken to crowd theaters for the newest Star Wars installment.

The number sits on display on the marquee board in Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, to remind fans how long they’ve still got to snatch up tickets to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

"I will definitely see it, I'll see it several times," said moviegoer and Star Wars fan Jeremy Westerman.

Though he hasn’t bought his tickets yet, many others stopped by Megaplex on Tuesday to get theirs.

Like Todd Moffitt, who bought tickets for his wife and two children.

"It`s the first real movie I saw when I was growing up, and it`s kind of the first real series I want my kids to grow up with," he said.

The theater company said so many people tried to score tix after going on sale Monday night- following the release of the official trailer- that it literally broke the internet.

"Websites all across the country were failing because of the volume,” said Megaplex Theatres President Blake Andersen. “Definitely a record. I don`t remember any other time having that amount of volume come in all at once."

He said several Megaplex showings in Utah sold out.

But, "we're able to continue to add shows," he said, to keep up with demand.

That way, every Jedi at heart can come see the next chapter, in 57 days.

"I grew up on it,” Westerman said, of why he loves Star Wars. “It was like the first big movie that my dad took the whole family out to."

For the die-hard fans, Megaplex is offering the only Star Wars marathon in the state leading up to the December 18th premiere.

The district location in South Jordan will play all six Star Wars episodes back-to-back, before finishing off the marathon with the seventh film.

Andersen said tickets for those are nearly sold out.