Walt Disney Co.’s upcoming “Star Wars” movie is awakening a global force of fans who are swamping websites in the U.S. and U.K. as they try to reserve seats to a movie still two months away from opening.
The U.S. ticketing sites Fandango and MovieTickets.com struggled to keep up with demand, as Disney’s ESPN network kicked off early sales with a new trailer for the film during a “Monday Night Football” telecast. Attempts on Fandango to buy tickets to the movie, which opens on Dec. 18, produced the notice “Error 500: Technical Difficulties.”
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