Utahns love Star Wars, especially “Rogue One,” the latest Star Wars film to hit theaters.
Don’t believe it? Data from the National Box Office found that the Megaplex Theaters at Jordan Commons topped the nation as the theater that had the most people see the new Star Wars film, based on total dollar revenue.
More so, three other Utah Megaplex Theaters placed in the top 20. According to the press release, Megaplex at the District finished at fourth, the Thanksgiving Point location finished at 11th, and the newest location at Geneva in Vineyard earned the 19th spot.
These are pretty impressive numbers, given that Megaplex sells tickets cheaper than theaters in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities. This means Utah's theaters sold tickets to more customers than other metropolitan areas.
“Utah Star Wars fans have again proven themselves the most enthusiastic in the U.S.,” Blake Andersen, president of Megaplex Theaters, said in a statement. “The Megaplex team is delighted to have so many fans gather at our locations to celebrate this new chapter in the classic series and are already making plans for the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII coming next year.”
Nationwide, the film earned $155 million over the weekend, which is the second-highest December opening of all-time, according to Reuters. The highest? Last year’s hit film, “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”
Star Wars proves to be a valuable commodity in Utah, which leads the nation in searching on Google for Star Wars content, according to the Deseret News.
The Beehive State also ranks the highest for searches of Luke Skywalker, and Salt Lake City leads the nation in searches of Jedi Knights, too, according to The Washington Post.
A pair of Utah newlyweds even went viral earlier this year for dressing up like Star Wars characters, the Deseret News reported. The couple, which was married in the Newport Beach Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made sure people knew that “the Force is eternally strong with this family."
Megaplex Theaters is no stranger to first-place rankings in general. Earlier this year, Megaplex Theaters had top spots for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “The Fifth Wave,” and “The Finest Hours.”