We are less than three weeks away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Fans have been dying to get their hands on Star Wars tickets so they can secure a seat for opening night and last night, they finally got their chance. A lot of people bought tickets, but things did not go over smoothly everywhere and that left a lot of unhappy Star Wars fans out there.
Everyone knew the demand for tickets would be high, but that wasn't enough to prevent technical difficulties. Ticketing site Fandango, one of the most popular places to buy movie tickets, experienced crashes due to the high-demand last night. Tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went on sale at 12:01 E.T. and within a few hours of that Fandango was having some serious problems, leaving some buyers in a bad spot and unable to get tickets for showings near them. After a while, Fandango decided to create a waiting room, which sort of fixed the problem. They tried to ice over the situation by tweeting out a gif of Yoda with the following message.
"Due to an overwhelming amount of traffic, a wait room has been activated. Get #RogueOne tickets soon, you will."
Nobody is really expecting Rogue One to do what Star Wars: The Force Awakens did at the box office, but it will still absolutely crush, as evidenced by these crashes. By the time The Force Awakens hit theaters it had sold more than $100 million in advance tickets. Star Wars: Rogue One may not hit those crazy numbers, but it will certainly be big and the power of Disney, especially when combined with the power of Star Wars, should never be underestimated. Given what happened last night, the presale numbers at least could come close to what Star Wars: The Force Awakens did, since there were similar crashes and problems when the ticket pre-sale started for that movie last year. Atom Tickets, who had an exclusive deal worked out with Disney and Lucasfilm for the presale, decided to take advantage of Fandango's issues and tried to coax users over to their ticketing platform on Twitter. Their account replied to a Fandango user on Twitter with this.
"No worries! You can still buy tix AND exclusive gear through the #atomtickets app! #RogueOne"
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has very high expectations placed on it, both in terms of quality and box office, just by virtue of the fact that it is a Star Wars movie. It is currently on track to make around $130 million opening weekend, but box office tracking has been somewhat unreliable for big movies lately, so it could easily top that. If it does come in at $130 million, Disney and Lucasfilm would still be very happy and it would be one of the biggest opening weekends of 2016, falling shy of only Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and two other Disney releases, Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory.
This is the very first ever Star Wars spinoff movie and it will tell the story of how the Rebels got their hands on the Death Star plans, as teased in the opening crawl in Star Wars: A New Hope. The movie stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and Forest Whitaker, in addition to featuring Darth Vader, who is once again being voiced by James Earl Jones. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16 and tickets are on sale now.