Stars stand on stage during the Rogue One Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel in London in July.
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The movie opens Dec. 16.

By Tara John
November 28, 2016

Pre-sales for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story crashed Fandago’s website due to the large numbers of people attempting to buy tickets.

Tickets went on sale at 12:01 ET Monday for the first Star Wars standalone film, which hits U.S. cinemas on Dec. 16. Within a few hours online advance ticket seller Fandago crashed, reports Fansided, with customers experiencing long waits on an online queue before receiving a time-out message.

Fandago was aware of the mounting situation early in the evening, telling customers in a tweet that a “wait room” had been created:

Fandango’s crash prompted its competitor Atom Tickets to snag disgruntled customers, telling them to head try out their ticketing platform app.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set in the time just preceding that of the first ever Star Wars movie and features Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, who “leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s “ultimate weapon of destruction.”

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