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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it set a new record with "The Avengers" for the most tickets sold for any opening weekend in the company's 12-year history. On top of that, Fandango also set records for the largest percentage of tickets sold via mobile on the weekend (42% of Sunday sales), as well as the top hourly sales record - selling as much as 68,000 tickets per hour during peak sales times (Friday, May 4 from 3-4 pm PT).
The previous record-holder was "The Hunger Games," which sold 60,000 tickets during a peak ticket-selling period. The company also saw its top-selling single day (May 4, 2012) for a movie, beating "The Hunger Games" opening day on March 23, 2012.
"Fandango continues to see millions of fans taking advantage of our many conveniences and innovations to guarantee their seats, particularly with movies in hot demand like 'The Avengers,'" said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. "Our record-setting mobile sales affirm that mobile has clearly transitioned from just an alternative way to buy tickets to a primary choice for many weekend moviegoers. As of Monday, the film is still going strong, with all signs pointing to staggering ticket sales in the weeks to come."
According to a Fandango online survey of thousands of moviegoers, 66% of "Avengers" fans plan to see the movie more than once in the theater, indicating repeat viewings throughout the week. As of Monday, the film still accounts for 94% of all daily tickets sold on Fandango.
For full coverage on "The Avengers," fans can check out Fandango's "Avengers Movie Guide" (http://www.fandango.com/theavengers/movieguide), featuring exclusive on set reports as well as one-on-one interviews with all the film's stars including Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. The guide also includes a detailed look at all of the film's characters, and a comprehensive list of the greatest and lamest comic book movies in Hollywood history, and much more.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced that the opening weekend of ‘Marvel's The Avengers' surpasses previous company and domestic exhibition records. Regal earned an unprecedented $42 million in gross admissions revenue beginning with a massive midnight audience that started gathering Thursday and continued throughout the weekend with a busy box office.
"Regal was thrilled to host such a large and appreciative crowd this past weekend. ‘Marvel's The Avengers' is being well-received by both critics and our guests which leads to further interest in the film with great word-of-mouth advertising and a desire by many moviegoers to see it again," stated Greg Dunn, President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal's $42 million for ‘The Avengers' opening weekend is a tremendous start to an impressive slate of summer movies."
Regal Entertainment Group generated additional interest in ‘Marvel's The Avengers' by hosting a day-long event showcasing previous Marvel films. Thousands of fans attended the special movie event on Thursday at 78 Regal theatres to watch four previously released superhero movies before enjoying the much-anticipated midnight premiere.