Move over, “Moana.” There’s a new hot ticket in town.
Despite Disney’s latest animated tale scoring an estimated $81 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, it was an upcoming Disney release that had the internet abuzz Monday.
Ticket sales for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” began at 7 p.m. Sunday, and fans hoping to score seats online to the first film in the Star Wars Anthology series were faced with extended wait times as vendors grappled with increased demand.
Though there was some Twitter buzz that popular online ticket outlet Fandango crashed during the process, the retailer opted instead for a queue system to stem the user surge.
In a statement released to The Times, the company said, “Last night, Fandango saw extraordinary demand for tickets to ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.’ Within minutes of going on sale, we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets.
“Similar to ticketing for a highly popular concert event, a ‘waiting room’ in the checkout process was established to accommodate customers as quickly as possible,” the statement added.
To celebrate the start of ticket sales, the film released a new 30-second TV spot.
Starring Felicity Jones, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in theaters on Dec. 16.