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FANDANGO SMASHES RECORDS BY SELLING 22% OF OPENING WEEKEND BOX OFFICE FOR “THE HUNGER GAMES”, LARGEST SHARE FOR ANY MOVIE IN COMPANY HISTORY on March 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it sold 22% of opening weekend ticket sales for "The Hunger Games", marking the largest share of sales for any movie in Fandango's nearly 12-year history. During the weekend's peak ticket-selling periods, Fandango was selling 17 tickets per second, representing the company's top franchise opener, best-selling March release, top-selling mobile weekend and Fandango's top-selling single day (March 23, 2012) for a movie, besting "The Dark Knight" opening day on July 18, 2008.

Fandango's share of all domestic ticket sales for "The Hunger Games" - which took in a projected domestic box office of $155 million* - reshapes Fandango's list of top 5 shares of opening weekends. The new record-breaker list is as follows:
1."The Hunger Games" (2012) - 22%
2. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (2011) - 19%
3. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009) - 18%
4. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" (2010) - 17%
5. "Sex and the City" (2008) - 16%

Fandango also broke a record with "Hunger" as the movie with the most tickets ever sold on opening weekend via mobile on Fandango; the previous record-holder was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." Friday, March 23 was also the top day for mobile ticket sales in Fandango history.

"Fandango's record- breaking percentage of the film's opening weekend is a testament to the growing popularity of online and mobile ticketing as the way to go to the movies," says Fandango Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Butler. "It's rare to see a franchise's first film performing like an established sequel, but ‘The Hunger Games' is a true phenomenon. Fans have given it our highest ‘Must Go!" rating, with Web and mobile ticket sales still going strong on Sunday morning."

According to a Fandango online survey of more than 1,000 moviegoers, 62% of "Hunger Games" fans plan to see the movie more than once in the theater, indicating repeat viewings throughout the week. As of Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. PT, the film still accounts for 90% of all daily tickets sold on Fandango.

*Estimated box office info from Boxoffice.com

 

'Hunger Games' Continues To Drive Sold-Out Shows On MovieTickets.com on March 25, 2012

Official stats from MovieTickets.com

• THE HUNGER GAMES is MovieTickets.com's #1 non-sequel preseller of all-time, beating out TWILIGHT.
• Going in to the weekend, nearly 2,500 screenings offered nationwide by the online ticketing provider for the film's release had sold out.
• Over 450 screenings of THE HUNGER GAMES offered by MovieTickets.com for this week (Sun-Thurs) are already sold out.
• Over 10% of all tickets sold for the first weekend release of the film came from fans wanting to see it in IMAX theaters.
• In a survey, MovieTickets.com found that 97% of its users who saw THE HUNGER GAMES would recommend the movie to their friends to see.

WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES ARE READY FOR ANOTHER “HANGOVER” on March 23, 2012

BURBANK, CA -- Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are reteaming with Todd Phillips for "The Hangover Part III," the third installment in the record-breaking comedy franchise, which is slated for release on May 24, 2013. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

"The Hangover Part III" will star Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, who will reprise the roles of Phil, Stu and Alan, collectively known to moviegoers as "the Wolfpack." In the previous two films, the three friends' attempts to plan a celebration have resulted in disaster for them, but led to a combined billion-dollar success at the worldwide box office.

In making the announcement, Robinov stated, "We are extremely pleased to have Todd Phillips and the guys back together again for another ‘Hangover,' and we look forward to collaborating with them on another great movie."

Phillips said, "I'm so excited to embark on another ‘Hangover' film with Bradley, Ed and Zach. We're going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned. It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions."

Phillips is writing the screenplay with Craig Mazin, who also collaborated with him on the screenplay for "The Hangover Part II." Phillips is again producing the film under his Green Hat Films banner, together with Dan Goldberg. Thomas Tull and Scott Budnick will serve as executive producers.

Production on the film is projected to begin in September 2012.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures, "The Hangover Part III" will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

 

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."

 


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