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'Star Wars' ticket demand crashes UK cinema websites

A still image from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A still image from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

You are going to need more than the Force if you're looking to snag tickets to the new "Star Wars" film on opening night.

Tickets for the highly anticipated film are slated to go on sale Monday night in the U.S. following the premiere of the newest "The Force Awakens" trailer on Disney-owned ESPN.

The trailer will launch during halftime of the football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles.

While American audiences will have to wait until Monday night, moviegoers in the U.K. were able to purchase tickets earlier in the day.

However, the huge demand for tickets caused several online booking systems to crash. Fans took to social media to complain about the slow loading times and the fast sellout.

Odeon, a leading cinema chain in the U.K. and Ireland, experienced difficulties issuing tickets to fans. The company tweeted: "Fleet Commander: The ODEON galaxy is experiencing heavy traffic but is now returning to normal force levels. Thanks for your patience."

It wasn't the only one. Cineworld and PictureHouse movie theaters also experienced technical difficulties. However, Vue Cinemas tweeted that its site did not face any issues online.

The first addition to the "Star Wars" franchise a decade hits theaters on Dec. 18.

Correction: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is the first addition to the franchise in a decade. A previous version misstated the date.