LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Fandango, the nation's largest online, phone and mobile movie ticketing service with exclusive access to nearly 70 percent of the nation's wired theaters, announced today that it sold an estimated $12 million of the projected three-day $101.4 million* domestic opening weekend box office for HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, nearly 12 percent of GOBLET ticket sales.
This new milestone represents Fandango's largest percentage of tickets sold for a Hollywood blockbuster. By comparison, Fandango sold 10.5 percent of domestic opening weekend box office for STAR WARS EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH in May 2005 and 8 percent of domestic opening weekend box office for the blockbusters Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in June 2004 and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING in December 2003.
A few more facts from Fandango:
-- On Friday, November 18, the fourth HARRY POTTER installment broke
Fandango's record for daily and hourly sales, selling an average of
nearly 10 GOBLET tickets per second.
-- GOBLET represents nearly 90% percent of the company's weekly ticket
sales (as of Sunday at 9:00 am PT).
-- HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE now stands as Fandango's second
best-selling movie for advance ticket sales (following REVENGE OF THE
SITH, see list below).
Top Five Advance Ticket-Sellers from Fandango's Five-Year History:
1. STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH
2. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
3. LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
4. THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
5. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
"As of Sunday morning, ticket sales are still going strong," says Fandango President and CEO Art Levitt. "It's a tremendous kick-off for the holiday movie season. As the nation's single largest sales outlet for the theatrical distribution of movies, we are pleased that millions of moviegoers are taking advantage of the ease of Fandango to avoid the SOLD OUT signs and long lines and to guarantee a hassle-free moviegoing experience."
* Box office information from Box Office Mojo.
Fandango, the nation's largest movie ticketing service, sells tickets to approximately 13,000 screens and 1,100 theaters (nearly 70 percent of theaters in the U.S. enabled for remote ticketing) and to four out of the five largest U.S. theater circuits (according to National Association of Theater Owners, June 2005). A consortium of the nation's largest theater chains (including Regal Entertainment Group, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark, Loews Cineplex Entertainment and Century Theatres, among others), Fandango sells tickets to more screens than all of its competitors combined. One of the Web's top movie destinations (according to Nielsen//NetRatings), Fandango allows moviegoers to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, read reviews, view trailers and buy tickets up to 45 days in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless device at mobile.fandango.com.
Web site: http://www.fandango.com/