Move over, "Moana." There's a new hot ticket in town.
Despite Disney's latest animated tale scoring an estimated $81 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, it was an upcoming Disney release that had the internet abuzz Monday morning.
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Though there was some Twitter buzz that popular online ticket outlet Fandango crashed during the process, the retailer opted instead for a queue system to stem the user surge.
In a statement released to The Times, the company said, "Last night, Fandango saw extraordinary demand for tickets to 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.' Within minutes of going on sale, we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets.
"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," the statement added. "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."
To celebrate the start of ticket sales, the film released a new TV spot titled "Breath."
The 30-second look at the film is not only underscored by the sounds of what are assumed to be Darth Vader's respirator but it also contains a shot of the Death Star featuring someone who looks an awful lot like Grand Moff Tarkin in the foreground.
Starring Felicity Jones, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" opens in theaters on Dec. 16.