If you’re like me, you waited with your phone in hand, constantly refreshing your Fandango app until 12:01am EST on Monday “morning” to buy Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tickets. If you’re also like me, the site promptly crashed.
Tickets for Rogue One went on sale, and like last year’s The Force Awakens, servers on sites like Fandango crashed under the traffic almost instantly. It then caused Fandango to create a “waiting line,” forcing customers to get a digital number and sitting in an online waiting room prior to selecting tix.
For me personally, I had my seats selected and put in my credit card info before the app said “invalid request.” Upon rebooting, my selected seats, along with all non-first row seats, were taken. So I did end up getting Thursday night tickets, but my neck will be strained. Others won’t be so lucky.
So if you thought you could wait to buy tickets until December 15 got closer, like how Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts didn’t require midnight purchases, then think again and get moving.
Rogue One opens December 16 (the 15th if you’re seeing it Thursday night like a cool kid) and is projected to gross around $100 million in its opening weekend, but I feel those numbers will go up after the industry sees the anticipation that crashed a website.