Movie goers who turned out last night to be among the first to see one of the summer’s most hotly anticipated movies, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” came away disappointed at a number of theaters as they reportedly rolled the wrong movie.
ABC News reports that the problem became apparent once theater patrons had already sat through a round of previews. Audience members began tweeting the unpleasant news, and it soon became apparent that it was happening at multiple theaters.
One tweet reads: “omg they started playing rise of the guardians instead of guardians of the galaxy EVERYONE IN THE THEATRE IS CRYING”
“Then it happened again … and again, apparently in more than one location, judging by the tweets,” ABC News reports. “Regal Cinemas, the theater chain cited in some tweets, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for an explanation or other comment.”
Instead of the Marvel comics-inspired “Guardians of the Galaxy,” expected to be one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters, the theaters rolled the 2012 Dreamworks animated movie “Rise of the Guardians,” which features Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny battling the Boogeyman.
“Here’s the synopsis of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ from the Marvel film’s official website: ‘Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe,'” the story reports. “Different movie, see?”
In at least some theaters, a second attempt, and even a third, was made to show the right movie, with the same results each time. The Twitter users responded in kind, for example:
“Oh god. They restarted it all, and after a couple repeat previews, it’s Rise of the Guardians AGAIN.”
And: “YOU HAD ONE JOB. (Then it happened AGAIN.) @RegalMovies #rva #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy”
After a third failed attempt at one theater, a disappointed movie goer tweeted: “THIRD TIME FAIL#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy became #riseoftheguardians AGAIN. Ruined evening complete. #rva @RegalMovies”
For what it’s worth, the theaters reportedly gave out refunds after the fiasco.
The wrong movie