Star Wars tickets went on sale on Monday in the UK and pre-order requests caused ticketing websites to repeatedly crash.
First tickets for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were released a full two months before the movie premiere.
Online booking systems failed as angry buyers turned to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media networks to vent their frustrations.
“Fleet Commander: The ODEON galaxy is experiencing heavy traffic but is now returning to normal force levels. Thanks for your patience,” tweeted ODEON, a large theater chain in the region.
Cineworld also released a message of its own, “We know just how excited our customers are about getting their hands on tickets and we’re hoping to have the remaining tickets online shortly.”
Ticket websites Vue and PictureHouse also crashed throughout the day.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will debut on December 18, 2015. It is the first new Star Wars movie in a decade.
This is the first Star Wars moving produced by Disney. The company purchased the franchise and the rest of Lucas Industrial Light & Magic from George Lucas for $4 billion in 2012.