Americans are slowly waking up to the fact that they no longer have to spend days camping out to buy tickets for the next instalment of the Star Wars saga.
Die hard fans traditionally camp out weeks in advance to get tickets to the George Lucas epics, but this time the internet has been responsible for getting most of them off the streets.
Attack of the Clones is set to open in the US next Thursday and, although some fans have still been camping out, many others have worked out that buying tickets online is a more comfortable way of seeing the show.
Online ticket sites such as Fandango.com, AOL's Moviefone.com and MovieTickets.com are linked to the local box office ticketing machines, meaning that moviegoers are just as likely to get tickets online as offline.
Ironically those camping outside might even find themselves at a disadvantage as it was up to theatre managers to decide whether they were even going to bother with box office sales and sell all of their tickets online.
In New York, Chicago and Los Angeles a "high percentage" of tickets are being sold online, and in San Francisco the proportion of tickets sold online for some movies has reached 50 per cent. More than 80 per cent of advance ticket sales are being done online.
Moviefone and Fandango both said that 70 per cent of the tickets they are currently selling are for the upcoming Star Wars movie. Shows at cinemas in San Francisco, New York and St Louis are already selling out.
The prequel to Attack of the Clones, Phantom Menace, actually crashed online ticket sale servers when it was released in 1999, although the technology has improved dramatically since then.
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