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Fandango Selling 10 "Hunger" Tix Per Second; More than 2,500 Showtimes Sold Out in Advance on March 22, 2012

Los Angeles, CA -- Fandango is currently selling 10 tickets per second for "The Hunger Games." The film represents an overwhelming 96% of Fandango's ticket sales today, and has sold out more than 2,500 showtimes in advance of its release.

"The Hunger Games" leads the list of Fandango's top franchise-openers, and has eclipsed "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and surpassed "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" to become Fandango's #3 advance ticket seller of all-time.

Fandango's new list of top 5 advance ticket-sellers of all time, as of Thursday 1 pm PT, are:
1. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009)
2. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (2011)
3. "The Hunger Games" (2012)
4. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" (2011)
5. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (2010)

According to a recent Fandango survey of several thousand "Hunger Games" ticket-buyers:

• 62% of ticket-buyers plan on seeing the film more than once on the big screen;
• 61% say the action is driving them to buy a ticket;
• 54% plan on going with a group of 3 or more friends;
• 52% say Lenny Kravitz (as "Cinna") is the supporting performer they're most looking forward to seeing in the movie;
• 89% say they plan to see the movie on opening weekend.

 

MPAA: Global Box Office Climb Continues in 2011 on March 22, 2012

harrypotter7review.pngWASHINGTON -- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today released its annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2011. The report shows that global box office receipts for all films released around the world reached $32.6 billion, an increase of 3% over 2010, due to ongoing growth of box office in international markets. Each international region experienced box office growth in 2011. Chinese box office grew by 35% in 2011 alone, by far the largest growth in major markets.

"These numbers underscore the impact of movies on the global economy and the vitality of the film-watching experience around the world," said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA. "The bottom line is clear: people in all countries still go to the movies and a trip to the local cinema remains one of the most affordable entertainment options for consumers."

"The figures on box office reflect only one indicator of an extremely complex, and evolving movie industry," Dodd said. "We're working harder and smarter to keep moviegoers coming back for more, whether at the cinema, at home or on the go."

The U.S./Canada box office market finished at $10.2 billion, down 4% compared to last year, but up 6% from 5 years ago. 3D box office was down $400 million in 2011 in comparison to 2010, which is not surprising given that 2010 included Avatar's record-breaking 3D box office performance. 2D box office remained consistent from 2010 to 2011.

Cinema ticket sales continue to be fueled by repeated visits by frequent moviegoers - those who go to the movies once a month or more. Frequent moviegoers represent only 10% of the population but purchased half of all tickets sold in 2011.

Globally, cinema screens increased by 3% in 2011. Digital cinema continues its rapid growth so that just over half of the world's screens are now digital. The number of digital screens in the U.S. nearly doubled in 2011, now comprising 65% of all U.S. screens.

"Global box office continues to grow nicely as new markets develop," said John Fithian, President of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO). "In mature markets such as the United States the business can be more cyclical in the short term, driven by product supply and distribution patterns. In the long term, however, domestic receipts continue to grow. Though 2011 U.S. box office was down 4%, 2012 looks to be another growth year. Box office is up nearly 14% year-to-date so far in 2012, with a strong slate of summer movies coming."

"Innovation and technology continue to be a driving force for our business," Dodd said.. "People are driven to fill theater seats by the promise of great films and a great, technologically enhanced movie going experience. But online content theft continues to threaten the economic success of our industry - an industry that employs millions of Americans and brings money into the U.S. economy from around the world. We should protect that success, not undermine it by stealing products and cutting the revenue it puts into the U.S. economy."

 

DIEGO BONETA TO RECEIVE “CINEMACON® RISING STAR OF 2012 AWARD” on March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Diego Boneta will receive the "CinemaCon Rising Star of 2012 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. Boneta 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.

"How exciting to think that Diego Boneta's first film role, in this summer's musical adventure "Rock of Ages," will see him share the screen with the likes of Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin!" noted Neuhauser. "We can't wait to see him in the film and to see what the future holds for this talented young man. CinemaCon is thrilled to honor him as its Rising Star of 2012."

Boneta, under the direction of Adam Shankman, will make his big screen debut in New Line Cinema's feature film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on June 15, 2012. With an all-star lineup, including Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise, "Rock of Ages" tells the story of small-town girl Sherrie and city-boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more.

A native of Mexico City, Boneta has had a very successful career in Latin America as a singer and actor, earning two Latin GRAMMY nominations and selling multiple gold and platinum records in Latin America and Spain. He has appeared on the small screen on the ABC Family hit "Pretty Little Liars" and the CW's "90210," and can be seen soon in the new MTV show "Underemployed."

 

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