After tickets went on sale online for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Sunday night, people started reporting that Fandango was so overwhelmed that it crashed.
Not true, TheWrap has learned. In fact, there were so many requests for tickets that Fandango experienced its biggest first day of sales this year, and set up a kind of online waiting room to process all the orders.
While Fandango didn’t crash, it did suffer intermittent slowdowns, just like other online ticketing sites did. Fandango sold hundreds of thousands of tickets within minutes of their going on sale.
“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,” a Fandango statement said. “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.”
Likewise, MovieTickets.com also reported its biggest first day pre-sales of the year with “Rogue One.” The company is also reporting that it did not experience any outages.
Through day one of advance ticket sales on MovieTickets.com, the film performed at 90 percent of day-one pre-sales when compared with last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Pre-sales for “Rogue One” are currently still trending at No. 1 on the site.
The upcoming “Star Wars” film, directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”), stars Felicity Jones as rebellion leader Jyn Erso. It takes place between the prequel and original trilogies and depicts Erso’s efforts to steal the plans for the Death Star, the ultimate weapon of the Galactic Empire, which has terrorized children everywhere since the first “Star Wars” in 1977.
Among Erso’s allies are Rebel intel officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Force warrior Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), and Clone War veteran Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). Mads Mikkelsen, who also played the villain in Disney-Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” plays Galen Erso, Jyn’s father.
1. No mystery box for "Rogue One" The trailers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" were notoriously irritating for their complete lack of plot details -- you could watch all its trailers and have no real idea of what it was about. That mystery box isn't present for "Rogue One," though, and we're thankful for it. I'm sure there will be surprises along the way, but kudos to Disney for not pretending all basic plot information constitues a spoiler the way the "The Force Awakens" marketing did.
2. It's gonna have at least one flashback This is a relatively new phenomenon in "Star Wars" movies, but "The Force Awakens" had one and now "Rogue One" does as well -- that's two of two in the Disney era. This one will take us back to the hero Jyn Erso's (Felicity Jones) childhood on Space Iceland or whatever that planet is called, where we'll see the Imperial Director Krennic call on Jyn's father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) to help build the grandest of all Imperial weapons: the Death Star. There will be more on this in the "Rogue One" prequel novel, "Catalyst," which will be out in November.
3. We finally got a good look at Mads Mikkelson Speaking of Galen, we actually see him in this trailer -- he was conspicuously absent from all the previous marketing materials. He looks... perfectly normal, which is a bit of a surprise because Mikkelsen was also held back from Entertainment Weekly's big character reveal earlier this year for reasons unknown. I guess I was expecting there to be some spoilery reason for the lack of a previous reveal. But now we see him, and it is good.
4. The Rebels are gonna break Jyn Erso out of jail The new trailer appears loaded with first act stuff (as it should be). We see Jyn being held in what appears to be Imperial custody when the Rebels (specifically that guy in the picture) break in and get her out in order to recruit her for their big mission to steal the Death Star plans. And other dialogue tells us that her family connection to that mechanical monstrosity is the reason she's being chosen to lead said mission.
5. The "Rogue One" callsign is improvised "They are requesting a callsign," says the droid member of the squad, K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk). In reply, Riz Ahmed's Bodhi Rook seems to make one up off the top of his head: Rogue One. And that's the title of the movie! It speaks to the sort of slapdash nature of the Rebellion, so I have no complaints.
6. There's gonna be a big space battle Something a lot of folks thought was pretty weird about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was its lack of really anything eventful happening in space -- all the big starship battles actually happened in planetary atmospheres. We hadn't seen any space battles in the "Rogue One" trailers either, until this one showed us some X-Wings in a battle around a space station. Good, good.
7. Did we just see what it looks like from ground level when the Death Star shoots a planet? This is speculation, based on this single shot from the trailer. That massive explosion on a desert planet (probably the Jedi holy world of Jedha) could be caused by anything, but my money is on the Empire testing out the Death Star's superlaser. It looks sick, whatever it is.
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The latest trailer is full of new footage, and there’s a lot to sift through