Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ticket Sales Crash Fandango & AMC

Earlier today, advanced ticket sales for J.J. Abrams' eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens took down U.K. cinema websites and now U.S. cinema websites have come crashing down.

Several hours ago, advanced tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on sale in America and now three major movie chains -- Fandango, the Alamo Drafthouse, and AMC Theaters -- are all experiencing technical difficulties due to the high demand.

"Fandango was most seriously affected as of this writing, with the site timing out before the home page loads when we attempted to access it," Deadline reports. "Service for ticket sellers has been spotty all over, and though many fans were eventually able to purchase tickets after several attempts, others are reporting they’ve gotten access only for these sites to crash again before finalization."

Based on this level of interest, I would assume Jurassic World's $208M opening day record will be a distant memory come Christmas.

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in U.S. theaters on December 18.