Tickets to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenings already selling out
Tickets to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been on-sale barely 24 hours – and the movie doesn't actually arrive in cinemas until December 15 – but screenings around the country are already selling out.
Dedicated fans who had bought tickets online queued up outside Wellington's The Embassy theatre this morning just to get a hold of their physical tickets – more than two weeks out from the film's premiere.
"The fans are pretty devoted," says a spokesperson for Disney New Zealand. "Some of the midnight screenings for opening night have been sellouts, particularly in the big premium formats like Imax and Gold Class and B-Max."
"In the key cities the expectation is huge, and the fans are very keen."
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While tickets are obviously selling well, Rogue One isn't expected to be as much of a hit as last year's The Force Awakens.
"Rogue One isn't Star Wars – it's a standalone story aligned to the Star Wars universe, so I don't think anyone believes it'll be as big as The Force Awakens, but it's certainly right up there. You can sort of feel the fever breaking."
"Star Wars is a phenomenon, and it's almost in a stratosphere of its own really – it's got its own planet."
Set between the third and fourth episodes of the famous space opera, Rogue One follows a band of rebels who try to steal the plans to the evil Galactic Empire's Death Star space station.
It's the second Star Wars film released in two years, with last year's The Force Awakens smashing box office records across the globe.