Imagine waiting an entire year to see “Star War: The Rise of Skywalker” on a massive screen, in a dark theater with boisterous surround sounds and then out of the corner of your eye is a bright, distracting phone screen — you might lose it, and you wouldn’t be alone.
An opening night showing of the ninth “Star Wars” installment, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” in Vancouver was interrupted after a man went on a tirade against an entire theater about turning off their phones during the movie.
Watch the video in the Instagram post below.
According to a video posted on Instagram, the man, who referred to himself as “a real ‘Star Wars’ fan,” began yelling at other moviegoers after someone checked their phone during the opening of the film. It was such a distraction that the movie theater had to restart the film from the beginning.
In the video, the audience can be heard booing the man and telling him to leave as he yelled at them repeatedly to turn their phones off.
“I waited a God d–n year to see this, so some a–hole can turn his phone on?” the man shouted, as theater attendants escorted him out of the screening.
“The Rise of Skywalker” has been met with a mixed response. The J.J. Abrams-directed film has been knocked by critics, receiving a 57% critical Rotten Tomatoes score, while fans on the review aggregator gave the film an 86%. The film, meanwhile, received the lowest CinemaScore of any of the other films in the franchise.
The lackluster reception aside, “The Rise of Skywalker” is poised to be a juggernaut at the box office. The film has already pulled in $90 million from 4,406 screens — including $40 million from Thursday previews. “The Rise of Skywalker” is on track to gross $195 million in its domestic opening weekend, which would put it just above the $191 million openings of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the “Lion King” remake for the eighth highest domestic opening of all-time.