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'THE HUNGER GAMES' Is Fandango's Top-Selling Franchise Opener Of All Time, With Nearly 2,000 Showtimes Already Sold Out, Before Its Debut At The Box Office on March 20, 2012

Los Angeles -- With a little more than two days left before its March 23 release date, "The Hunger Games" is already the top-selling franchise opener and non-sequel in Fandango's nearly 12-year history. This hotly-anticipated film is also on track to become one of Fandango's top-selling movies of all time.

"Hunger" has already hit the following Fandango milestones:

• 92% of daily ticket sales;
• Nearly 2,000 showtimes sold-out in advance on Fandango;
• The top ticket-seller of the year to date;
• The top-selling March release in company history;
• More mobile ticket sales than any other film this year;
• More advance tickets sold on Fandango than the first "Twilight" movie during its entire advance ticketing run.

"'The Hunger Games' continues to amaze us with its astonishing pace," says Fandango Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Butler. "The extraordinarily strong advance ticket sales speak to the ease and convenience of Fandango, both on the Web and through our mobile apps, which guarantees fans seats for the films they want to see."

While thousands of "Hunger" showtimes are already sold out across the country, theater owners in all fifty states are posting additional showtimes to meet the growing fan demand. IMAX theaters represent Fandango's top-selling showtimes, with the movie playing in the IMAX format for one week only.

The new epic adventure is on track to soon land a coveted place on Fandango's top 5 advance ticket-sellers list, right behind some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters of all time.

The current top 5 advance ticket-sellers on Fandango (as of Tuesday, March 20, 2012) are:
1. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009)
2. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (2011)
3. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" (2011)
4. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (2010)
5. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010)

Fandango is currently featuring a wealth of editorial content on "The Hunger Games," from exclusive video interviews with the stars, exclusive premiere videos and photos, prize pack giveaways, and commentary by Fandango Film Mom Tara McNamara. To check out Fandango's robust "Hunger Games" content, see http://www.fandango.com/thehungergames/movieguide.

The year 2012 has already been a momentous one for Fandango, which has reported record-breaking January and February sales, and is on track for a record-breaking March as well. Yesterday, Fandango announced a new deal with Yahoo!, enabling Yahoo! Movies fans to get Fandango showtimes and tickets on Yahoo! sites and across mobile devices and on tablets. The Yahoo! deal follows on the heels of new ticketing agreements with Regency Theatres and with AMC Theatres, which added a combined 3,200 screens to Fandango's extensive network of movie theaters across the country, now numbering a total of nearly 20,000 screens.

 

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ TO RECEIVE “CINEMACON® 2012 FEMALE STAR OF TOMORROW” HONORS on March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Chloë Grace Moretz will receive the "CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award," it was announced today by the convention'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. Moretz 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.

"With the poise and talent of a seasoned veteran, Chloë Grace Moretz has captivated the attention of the movie-going public since the age of five with an array of diverse and challenging movie roles," noted Neuhauser. "From the charming advice-giving sister in '500 Days of Summer' to the take-no-prisoners don't-mess-with-me attitude of 'Kick-Ass' to her most recent role as the spirited, adventuresome and supportive friend in 'Hugo,' she is truly a young force to be reckoned with. CinemaCon is so pleased to be able to recognize such a talented young lady, and we look forward to seeing her on the big screen for many years to come."

Moretz 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, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. Moretz stars as Carolyn Stoddard, the rebellious teenager in the mysterious Collins family.
Moretz began her career in the entertainment industry at the age of five as a national model in many print campaigns and television commercials before moving to Los Angeles one year later to pursue a career in acting. Soon after, she was cast in a lead role in Michael Bay's remake of "The Amityville Horror," for which she received critical acclaim. She most recently starred in Martin Scorsese's award-winning hit "Hugo." Her other film credits include "Kick-Ass," "Let Me In" and "500 Days of Summer," among others. She has also appeared on the small screen as a guest star on such shows as NBC's "30 Rock." Moretz's upcoming films include the independent feature "Hick," in which she stars with Blake Lively, Juliette Lewis and Alec Baldwin; and the anthology film "Movie 43," as part of an all-star cast.

 

New Trailer: 'Piranha 3DD' on March 19, 2012

Disney Releases 'John Carter' Statement on March 19, 2012

From the studio:

"In light of the theatrical performance of John Carter ($184 million global box office), we expect the film to generate an operating loss of approximately $200 million during our second fiscal quarter ending March 31. As a result, our current expectation is that the Studio segment will have an operating loss of between $80 and $120 million for the second quarter. As we look forward to the second half of the year, we are excited about the upcoming releases of The Avengers and Brave, which we believe have tremendous potential to drive value for the Studio and the rest of the company."


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