Spider-Man ticket rush crashes websites

The movie won’t start playing in theaters until Dec. 17, but websites crashed when tickets for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” went on sale. Both AMC and Fandango’s websites were down because of buyer demand, CNET reported.

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Tickets for the movie went on sale at midnight on Nov. 29, and within minutes people rushed to buy them. This is the first time a box office has experienced this since the beginning of the pandemic, CNBC reported.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, websites would frequently be overloaded with traffic when tickets for highly anticipated movies went on sale. But during the pandemic, theaters were one of the first places to close and one of the last to reopen.

Spider-Man has consistently been successful in movie theaters, with films starring different iterations of the character grossing more than $6.3 billion since 2002, CNN reported.

Part of the excitement over buying tickets may have been due, in part, to a release of an NFT along with tickets, CNET reported.

Ahead of the movie’s release, producer Amy Pascal reportedly said Sony is planning to produce three more Spider-Man movies.