Rogue One: A Star Wars Story advance tickets are expected to go on sale on Monday in the United States, two and a half weeks before the movie's premiere on Dec. 16, The Verge reports.
Disney's Lucas Films announced the release date of the tickets via the Star Wars Twitter account right on Thanksgiving night.
The official Star Wars Twitter account didn't specify the times the tickets will be made available, but that's a moot point considering that fans will go online to buy them early. Interestingly, November 28 is a Cyber Monday, so it's to be expected that many people will go online to make online purchases.Online ticketer Fandango revealed that it would launch Rogue One ticket sales at 12:01 am EST on Monday while Atom Tickets announced that it will launch a promotion on Monday to sell exclusive products via its mobile ticketing app and official website.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the franchise's first stand-alone spin-off movie and will premiere on the same weekend as Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens from a year ago. The movie hit a U.S. record of $248 million on its first weekend after selling advance tickets worth more than $100 million. The film eventually reached a worldwide box-office record of $2.07 billion.
Advance tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were sold in the U.K. earlier this week.
Disney chief Robert Iger said at an investors' conference in September that he's not expecting Rogue One to match the ticket sales achieved by Star Wars 8 on account of the fact that it's only a spin-off movie. The film, however, is expected to reward franchise fans with numerous Easter eggs and should enrich their understanding of the universe the Star Wars franchise is set in.
"Yes, the marketing material that we've had out has been extremely well received. We've not ever felt it would do the level that Force Awakens did, but we've been very, very encouraged that the level of interest in this is as high as it was for Force Awakens." Iger said.
Variety reports that the Rogue One's story takes place in the era between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars film released in 1977.
You can read Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's official synopsis below.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.Gareth Edwards, known for directing the 2014 Godzilla reboot, is directing Rogue One. The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel are producing while John Knoll and Jason McGatlin are serving as executive producers.
Forbes reports that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is expected to open with around $130 million on the first weekend, based on the first pre-release tracking results. It's not an absolute certainty considering the many variables in play, but if the tracking figures are any indication, it looks like Rogue One has a good chance of bagging the second-biggest opening weekend for December.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is expected to edge out Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in terms of sales, at least based on the social media data collated by industry leader comScore.
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