Star Wars: The Force Awakens Presales Crash Fandango as Scalped Tickets Hit eBay – for Up to $400
Opening-day tickets are already popping up on eBay for as much as $400 for a set of four
The Force is not with them.
Fandango, Movie Tickets and other ticketing website experienced technical difficulties Monday evening when presale tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on sale hours earlier than expected.
“Something funny is definitely going on. We’re getting to the bottom of it,” read a message on Fandango’s website, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The IMAX website also showed an error message despite not having started selling tickets when the other sites did.
As of Tuesday morning, all of the sites were back up and running.
And it’s a good thing too – fans were not about to let the valuable tickets slip through their hands. As soon as Fandango was back up and running, fans set a record for the online movie ticket seller. Stars Wars produced eight times the volume that the previous record holder, “The Hunger Games,” sold on its first day, Fandango said Tuesday in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Deadline also noted that AMC Theaters sold out more than 1,000 shows nationwide, beating the previous record by more than ten times. But don’t worry if you didn’t secure an opening-night ticket: Plenty of people thought ahead and are now selling tickets at extremely inflated prices on eBay. One such savvy seller is offering four tickets to a 7 p.m. IMAX 3D showing in Arcadia, California, the day before the movie’s official release, for the low, low price of $400 – what a steal!
Meanwhile, tickets for the days following opening day remain available and affordable on the official ticketing websites.
The highly anticipated film hits theaters Dec. 18. The movie’s third trailer was released Monday evening during Monday Night Football‘s halftime to coincide with the release of presale tickets.