MOVIETICKETS.COM SELLS NEARLY 10% OF PROJECTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE FOR STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH™
Monumental Traffic from Moviefone.com's Official Star Wars Area Boosts Sales on MovieTickets.com
(Los Angeles, CA – May 22, 2005) - Smashing all prior advance online ticketing sales records, MovieTickets.com, the nation’s most powerful and highly-trafficked online movie ticketing provider, estimates selling 10% of the total projected domestic opening weekend box office for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith™.
Moviefone.com, the largest online movie destination on the Web, experienced massive traffic to its official "Star Wars Experience” area with more than 61 million page views. With its exclusive content partnership with the film, Moviefone.com generated nearly 20 million streams for the teaser trailer alone. MovieTickets.com handles all ticketing for Moviefone.com via links from Moviefone.com to a co-branded area on MovieTickets.com, and the powerhouse partnership supported this sales record.
Star Wars sales and traffic began climbing early:
AMC Theatres, Baederwood Movie Theatre Co., Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bryn Mawr Movie Theatre Co., Cinema Four-Quad, Cinemagic Movies, Classic Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas, Consolidated Theatres, Cornelius Cinemas, Crown Theatres, Dickinson Theatres, Entertainment Retail (Hollywood Hits), Famous Players, Harkins Theatres, Hoyts Cinemas, Kew Gardens (Cobble Hill), Krikorian Premiere Theatres, Landmark Theatres, Mann Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Metropolitan Theatres, Narberth Theatre, National Amusements, New York 1 & 2, Pacific Theatres, Paris Theater, Phoenix Theatres, Rave Motion Pictures, Reading Cinemas USA (City Cinemas), Ritz Theatres, Sayville Theatre, Spotlight Theatres and Watson Theatre.
MovieTickets.com, the leading Internet movie ticketing service in terms of traffic, technical performance, percentage representation of the highest grossing theaters, and the number of movie theatre exhibitors served when compared to its nearest rival, provides consumers with the ease of a virtual box office from the convenience of their home or office. Formed in spring 2000, MovieTickets.com is a joint venture between AMC Entertainment, Hollywood Media Corp. (NASDAQ: HOLL), National Amusements, Famous Players, Marcus Theatres (NYSE:MCS), Viacom (NYSE: VIA), and America Online, and leverages the collective exhibitor expertise to deliver consumers a premium movie ticketing experience. MovieTickets.com enables consumers to buy tickets online for movie screens across the United States and Canada, and in the U.K. Its elite collection of partner theaters consistently represents over 50% of the top 50 and over 50% of the top 100 grossing theaters in North America on any given weekend.
* Estimates are based on projected Star Wars box office as of May 22, 2005.
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