The Force was not with online movie ticket brokers Monday night, who suffered slow response times or flat-out crashes when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” tickets came available for presale.
Advance tickets were expected to hit the web during halftime of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” when a new trailer was to be unveiled. The embargo lifted sooner than expected, and word traveled at light-speed.
The result was a flood of users jamming platforms like Fandango, MovieTickets.com and individual theater websites like Arclight Cinemas.
“NO EXCUSE why sites should be crashing. Not like #StarWarsTheForceAwakens has taken anyone by surprise,” wrote Twitter user @GoodGirlGonGeek.
“Get it together,
Many users used visual creativity to represent the crash, like exploding, smoldering spaceships — are a particularly hilarious photo of a “Game of Thrones” castle with a caption likening it to the Fandango homepage.
Some kind souls sent up prayers for the IT departments and the respective companies, while others enjoyed piling on. Read a smattering of the best reactions to the “Star Wars” fail:
IMAX's site is slow as molasses. Fandango is giving "Not available" errors. MovieTickets? Down completely.
— fard boo-hammad (@fardmuhammad) October 20, 2015
fandango you're killing me here pic.twitter.com/yBrx6AlKAF
— Maully Chains (@mollyjane_k) October 20, 2015
me: tries to get star wars tickets fandango: pic.twitter.com/naheDszuvt
— gracelord solo (@deadcooI) October 20, 2015
*Goes to pre-order Star Wars ticket* *Fandango goes…* pic.twitter.com/bmgfFn0882
— Ross Bryan (@rbCCbeats) October 20, 2015
is Fandango is down? The force is not strong with that one.
— Rob Griesemer (@rgriesemer3) October 20, 2015
— Jon Jafari (@JonTronShow) October 20, 2015
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) October 20, 2015
Let's all say a little prayer for the IT guys at @Fandango
— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) October 20, 2015
— Lauren (@GoodGirlGonGeek) October 20, 2015
— Thomas Harper (@thomaslharper) October 20, 2015
@chriscerbini it is a powerful force…
— MovieTickets.com (@MovieTickets) October 20, 2015