“Star Wars” fans are flocking to theaters to see “The Force Awakens” in record numbers, but an unlucky minority of them are learning that nothing in life is guaranteed — even if they bought a ticket months ago.
Horror stories are popping up around the web about die-hard fans across the country getting screwed out of screenings of Episode VII, or in one hilarious Fandango ticket purchase fail, screwing themselves out of seeing the most anticipated movie of the year, which has already grossed over $100 million domestically since previews began Thursday night.
If you weren’t able to secure a ticket for opening weekend, or perhaps just don’t have the time, let these five examples of fans getting screwed out of screenings remind you that things could be worse.
Superfan thinks he’s going to see an early VIP screening of “The Force Awakens,” but wait, it’s just a prank
Bomb threats are bad news, especially if you were in the middle of watching one of the first screenings of “The Force Awakens”
NBC News reported that a New Jersey theater was evacuated Friday morning after a series of threatening notes were discovered inside the men’s room. Even worse for the theater, it was the second time this week it told paying customers to get out over safety concerns. The theater was reportedly shut down for a little more than two hours. It reopened after authorities found no explosives or credible threat, but at least they found a sense of humor.
Update for #FreeholdTwp: Cleared the theatre has been, reopened now it is.
– Monmouth PD,FD, EMS (@MonmouthPDFDEMS) December 18, 2015
The incident awakened their anger, too.
WHOEVER PULLED THE FIRE ALARM AS A JOKE AT THE GROVE ON STAR WARS PREMIERE DAY IS GOING TO HELL
– olga lexell (@runolgarun) December 18, 2015
No clue. Two fire engines, doesn’t seem like anything major but man there’s a lot of pissed off Star Wars fans — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 18, 2015
A projector malfunction also enraged those excited to experience “The Force Awakens” for the first time since the last of George Lucas‘ disappointing prequels
Projector at Star Wars midnight 3D show at the Arclight ruined, stopped, then started again towards the end of the movie. The movie was spoiled and everyone in the theater went crazy. NBC LA ArcLight Cinemas ABC7 Disney J. J. Abrams Oscar Isaac Star Wars Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Posted by Erik Melendez on Friday, December 18, 2015
The screams of horror were all caught on camera when a projector at ArcLight Cinemas’ Hollywood location stopped working. According to witness Erik Melendez, “everyone in the theater went crazy.” The video (above) he posted on Facebook proves he was not exaggerating.
“Star Wars” fan is super excited to see “The Force Awakens” at midnight, but super-duper pissed when someone on Facebook informs him his ticket is actually for 12 p.m. the next day
College Humor found this social media gem, in which a Facebook user who is actually promising to spoil the movie for those who don’t care to see it on opening day gets a healthy dose of Karma.
The Facebook user dumb enough to accidentally buy a ticket for a screening taking place during his work hours begged, “EVERYBODY STOP. THIS ISN’T FUNNY.”
Those delighting in his misery did not listen. Read the rest of the comments here.