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The Force isn't with ticket sites for new 'Star Wars' debut

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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.

The "Monday Night Football" game between the Giants and Eagles took a backseat to the halftime premiere of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer on Disney-owned ESPN.

Tickets for the highly anticipated film became available after the trailer launch. But, not for long.

The massive influx of prospective ticket buyers crashed several major theater websites, including Fandango, Arclight and AMC Theaters.

"Despite unprecedented volume causing a slowdown in our internet-ticketing hyperdrive, AMC experienced record-breaking numbers as 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' shattered AMC's previous mark for opening-day advance ticket sales," AMC said in a statement.

The company noted that single-day advance sales for the film had beaten the previous record ten-fold. In less than 12 hours AMC had sold out more than 1,000 shows nationwide.

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Theater chains in the U.K. experienced similar technical difficulties earlier on Monday. Odeon, a leading British cinema chain, experienced difficulties issuing tickets to fans.

However, Vue Cinemas tweeted that its site did not face any issues online.

Fans from both continents took to social media to complain about the slow loading times and the fast sellout.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is the first addition to the "Star Wars" franchise in a decade and arrives in theaters on Dec. 18.