Excitement over the highly-anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey is heating up in places few could have guessed. According to online box office Fandango, ticket pre-sales in Mississippi, where until recently it was actually illegal to sell sex toys, are four-times higher than the site expected.
And the Magnolia State isn’t the only Southern locale where pre-sale tickets are selling rapidly. In Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Alabama — where the sale of sex toys is still banned — pre-sales are double what sellers expected.
“‘Fifty Shades’ is a true phenomenon all across the country,” said Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger in a press release. “It’s also a surprisingly hot seller in the South and Heartland, indicating that the anticipation for this film is across the board.”
Many of the states where pre-sales have exceeded expectations are among the most religious and Republican in the U.S., according to Fandango.
The movie based off the infamous “mommy-porn” series by E.L. James hits theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day. According to Fandango, shows in several cities are already sold out.