Rogue One tickets went on sale on Sunday night and are already selling almost as well as The Force Awakens.
According to EW, Rogue One tickets are selling at about 90% of what The Force Awakens did last December. I know from personal experience that some theaters already have several opening night showings sold out. I hopped on about 30 minutes after they went on sale and the first showing at my theater only had about a dozen tickets left. The demand was so high that Fandango had to activate their digital wait room, which took me about 15 minutes to get through. To the surprise of nobody, it was Fandango’s biggest opening day pre-sale of the year. I feel like this is going to be a theme every year for the foreseeable future and I’m totally fine with it.
“Within minutes of going on sale we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets,” Fandango said in a statement on Monday. “We were able to continuously serve a record number of customers throughout the night, despite some intermittent slowdowns, and in order to meet the incredible consumer demand, our exhibition partners continue to add new showtimes for opening weekend.”
Now that tickets are on sale, expect the hype to ramp up exponentially. In fact, there’s supposed to be some sort of Twitter Q&A with new content later this week. With how well things are going already, I’m expecting the entire weekend to be sold out in most places before the movie opens. I got lucky with The Force Awakens and snagged a matinee ticket the Saturday after opening night, allowing me to see it twice within 48 hours, but every other showing that weekend was booked solid.
More surprising than the excellent ticket sales is the fact that the creators are having to state that there will be no sequel to Rogue One. Were people really expecting one? Isn’t that… A New Hope? The string of standalone Star Wars films is intended to be self-contained, despite relating to the content in the original films. The fact that the first standalone film is pulling in 90% of what an actual sequel is pulling in is impressive. With any luck they’ll continue to do well and Disney will keep producing excellent Star Wars universe content for many years to come.
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. They earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. They have contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. They’ve also written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. They identify as queer.
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