Tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went on presale in the US on Monday and ticket sites – like Movietickets.com and Fandango – are reporting that the film has given them their biggest presale opening day of 2016.
Fandango revealed to Deadline that users were waiting between 20 and 30 minutes to get their tickets, though they refuted reports that the site had actually crashed. The site reported “extraordinary demand for tickets to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Within minutes of going on sale, we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets.”
Fandango also stated that their exhibition partners have added more show times for the opening weekend to meet demand.
Fandango’s previous biggest presales of this year were Finding Dory and Suicide Squad.
Over at Movietickets.com, sales for Rogue One were taking up over 76% of Monday’s site demand. Their previous biggest 24-hour sales for the year were Suicide Squad, Deadpool and Doctor Strange. Last year’s The Force Awakens still stands as Movietickets’s biggest ever first-day presale, taking up 95% of the day’s sales last October.
Elsewhere, Imax have reported that Rogue One has been their second-biggest ever presale behind previous Star Wars offering, The Force Awakens.
Force Awakens took in $6.5M for Imax in the first 24 hours of presale. Though Imax have not yet released a dollar value for their Rogue One presales, sales elsewhere would suggest it won’t be too far behind.
4DX theatres, Regal L.A. Live, Barco Innovation Center, and Regal Union Square Stadium 14 have both reported opening night sell-outs.
Reports indicate that even Disney have been surprised by the demand.
Rogue One was not expected to outdo The Force Awakens, but it is beginning to look like it will be a close run. Current tracking puts Rogue One at a projected $100m-$140m US opening weekend. The massive interest in the presale tickets, however, makes it look like that might be an underestimation.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in US on December 16 and December 15 in the UK.
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