Hundreds of costumed fans hit NYC theaters for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ premiere

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NEW YORK — "Star Wars" fans beware — police arrested scalpers selling fake tickets to fans in front of theaters on Thursday's opening night.

Tickets to see the highly anticipated sequel sold out in theaters throughout New York City for the opening night. Scalpers seized this opportunity, photocopying tickets and attempting to sell them to die-hard fans for $70 to $100, according to NYPD sources.

Die-hard "Star Wars" fans have waited years to see this "The Force Awakens" and stood outside of movie theaters for hours, just to be part of what they call "Star Wars" history.

The film crushed ticket records even before it was released to all movie theaters. Fandango announced Thursday that pre-sale tickets broke the record for most tickets sold in the site's history. The Walt Disney Co. said the film debuted with $14.1 million from its first screenings Wednesday in 12 international markets. More than $100 million in tickets have been pre-sold in North America.

To awaken the force in New York City, private parties took over the AMC movie theater in Times Square for the Thursday night debut.

PIX11 News got a brief inside look at a few of the private parties. Fans walked in with their best "Star Wars" costume, celebrating and preparing themselves before the movie hit screens at 7 p.m.


Also waiting inside the theater — the lucky one's who were able to snag tickets online before they sold out.

After the premiere was over, many fans gave positive feedback, saying the film was excellent and what they were expecting.

"As a fan, it was exactly what I wanted in a Star Wars movie. Fun and adventurous with fantastic new characters blended with familiar faces. Not ground breaking but super satisfying. A return to form," Eddie Lebron told PIX11 News.

If you missed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," don't worry — most theaters will be showing it non-stop over the next few days.

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