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New 'Star Wars' film set to break SA box office records

South Africa is the first country in the world to screen the film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' launch in Johannesburg. Picture: Louise McAuliffe.

JOHANNESBURG - The most highly anticipated movie of 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has opened in South Africa today and already looks poised to break local box office records.

South Africa is the first country in the world to screen the film, with the world wide release only set for Friday.

Thirty thousand star wars fans already booked tickets to see the highly-anticipated film - mostly in 3D.

The seventh edition of the George Lucas created franchise has already beaten Fast & the Furious 7 into second place for the most pre-sold tickets OF any film in South Africa.

Ster Kinekor's Brad Knowles says it's a busy day at cinemas across the country.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens had the second most advanced bookings ever, beating the Fast & Furious 7 film earlier this year; coming second place this year after 50 Shades of Grey. It fell short of the 50 Shades of Grey record by only 15,000 admissions."

Star Wars fan Adelle Horn, who was dressed up as Princess Leia told Eyewitness News about her passion for the ongoing saga.

"I've been watching Star Wars since I was old enough to understand what Star Wars was. I was about 9 years old. Luke was my first crush. I tried to move stuff around with my mind when I was a teenager but it didn't work so obviously the force wasn't strong with me."

WATCH: Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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