Rogue One: A Star Wars Story a ‘force’ at the box office

<em>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is to hit theatres Dec. 26, but fans of the franchise were able to purchase tickets on Cyber Monday.

Tickets went on sale at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 28, with many online ticket sale websites having to integrate online “wait rooms” in order to handle all the traffic.

Popular ticket website Fandango crashed due to the sheer number of customers.

The excitement surrounding Rogue One is through the roof, with its two movie trailers having a combined 45 million views on YouTube.

“I’m really excited for it,” said Star Wars fan, Sandy Humphreys.

“But I’m not as excited as I was for the last movie, [The Force Awakens]. I think it’s still going to be really good, but it is going to be tough to compete with The Force Awakens.”

Box office watchers don’t expect Rogue One to reach the lofty first-day ticket sales of 2015’s Force. But it is expected to be one of the higher selling opening day films of 2016.

The Force Awakens set a December release sales record with $247 million in the month alone. Rogue One is being projected in the $100-$140 million range, which would make it the second best December release of all time.

Rogue One is the second Star Wars movie to be released after Disney bought Lucasfilms in 2012, with many more planned.

This film is set at a time before the original Star Wars, as a stand-alone film, the first in a planned anthology series.

It follows a band of unlikely heroes as they plot to capture the schematics for the Galactic Empire’s new super-weapon, the Death Star.

I think it’s still going to be really good, but it is going to be tough to compete with The Force Awakens. – Sandy Humphreys

Two trailers have been released, with fan favourite, Darth Vader, making an appearance in the second.

“I saw the trailer and it’s really good,” said Humphreys.

“I think it’s clever how they threw Vader into the end. It leaves us with a bit of cliffhanger, and now everyone has to go see the movie.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelson, and is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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