LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it achieved its best first quarter in the company's nearly 12-year history, with a 127% surge in year-over-year ticket sales, a 58% percent year-over-year increase in monthly visitors (totaling 33 million), and its top quarterly mobile percentage (23%) of total tickets sold.
"This quarter is a significant milestone for Fandango, and shows the incredible momentum behind the company right now," said Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Butler. "Our unparalleled reach, product innovations and ability to guarantee seats for blockbusters like ‘The Hunger Games,' are significant drivers of this success. We are excited to start off the year from such a strong position, and to be adding tremendous value to our exhibitor and studio partners."
Helping fuel Fandango's enormous growth is the company's expanded exhibitor reach, having increased its theater network in the first quarter by 19%, with recent deals with AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres and other chains -- as well as the record-setting ticket sales for "The Hunger Games." Fandango sold 22% of the film's opening weekend box office and, during peak periods, sold 60,000 tickets per hour for the March blockbuster. On top of that, Fandango recently signed a partnership deal with Yahoo, becoming the movie ticketing provider for all of the network's sites.
Fandango also just launched an enormously popular Facebook Timeline app dubbed "Movies with Friends," which has helped drive a significant amount of new traffic and fan engagement, with new social tools that allow Fandango friends to share their moviegoing activities in real time.
MICHELLE PFEIFFER TO RECEIVE “2012 CINEMA ICON AWARD” on April 04, 2012
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Golden Globe Award-winning and three-time Academy Award®-nominated actress Michelle Pfeiffer will receive the "2012 Cinema Icon Award," it was announced today by CinemaCon's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Pfeiffer will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 26, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"Michelle Pfeiffer is truly one of the film industry's great leading ladies," noted Neuhauser. "In a remarkable career spanning more than three decades and encompassing dozens of extraordinarily diverse films, she has proven time and time again that she can tackle any role and make it her own. We could not be more thrilled to take this opportunity to honor her with the very first ‘Cinema Icon Award.'"
Pfeiffer will next be seen in Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures' gothic comedy "Dark Shadows," when director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series to the big screen. Opening on May 11, 2012, the film features an all-star cast, including Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and "CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow" Chloë Grace Moretz. Pfeiffer stars as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the mysterious Collins family.
Since her haunting portrayal of Tony Montana's wife in "Scarface," Michelle Pfeiffer has gone on to star in a wide array of films. She received Academy Award® nominations for her performances in "Love Field," "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and "Dangerous Liaisons." Additionally, she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in "The Fabulous Baker Boys," and also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in "The Age of Innocence," "Love Field," "Frankie and Johnny," "The Russia House" and "Married to the Mob." Her many additional film credits include "Dangerous Minds," "Batman Returns," "I am Sam," "White Oleander" and "Hairspray." Most recently, Pfeiffer joined the ensemble cast of Garry Marshall's "New Year's Eve." She can also be seen later this year in the Alex Kurtzman drama "People Like Us."