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MOVIETICKETS.COM REPORTING ONLINE ADVANCE TICKET SALES FOR SUPERMAN RETURNS AND PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST TRACKING TO SET BOX OFFICE RECORDS

MovieTickets.com Traffic Soars in Summer Reaching 7.9 Million Global Unique Users in May as Reported by comScore Media Metrix

Superman Returns Projected To Fly Past Spiderman 2; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pre-Sales Nearly 20x More Than Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

(Los Angeles, CA – June 27, 2006) -Highly-anticipated summer blockbusters are picking up steam with advance online tickets set to break records, according to MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the most powerful online movie ticketing service. For this week, MovieTickets.com is reporting that online presales for Superman Returns are projected to exceed the online pre-sales for Spiderman 2. Other statistics include:

  • Online advance ticket sales for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest are nearly 20x greater than its predecessor, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, at the same point in the sales cycle.


  • Superman Returns online pre-sales are also tracking to exceed online pre-sales for Batman Begins. Superman Returns advance tickets are selling over 5x that of Batman Begins pre-sales at same point in the sales cycle.

In May 2006, MovieTickets.com reached 7.9 million global unique users according to comScore Media Metrix. MovieTickets.com remains the number one online movie ticketing service globally, in terms of unique users. MovieTickets.com’s theater inventory represents 78 theater chains, more than triple the amount of the nearest competitor. MovieTickets.com also services more than half of the top–grossing screens in North America, including most of the highest performers nationwide.

In prior high volume online movie ticketing periods, MovieTickets.com demonstrated its leadership position in terms of technical performance and transaction processing. For example, during a measurement taken in peak weekend purchase hours of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™, MovieTickets.com’s pages were loading at one second. MovieTickets.com also remained 100 percent stable and accessible during this period of tremendous traffic volume and simultaneous ticketing transactions. During both blockbusters, Star Wars: Epsiode III- Revenge of the Sith™, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™, MovieTickets.com contributed double digit percentages to the overall weekend opening box office.

MovieTickets.com’s prominent affiliate program includes some of the most highly trafficked sites on the Web, and covers a significant percentage of the Internet population including Yahoo!, AOL Moviefone, MSN, Earthlink, CitySearch, Movies.com, the NYTimes.com, and a host of other web sites.

MovieTickets.com exhibitors currently include:

Access Digital Theatres, All Star Entertainment, AMC Theatres, Ashbrie Cinemas, Atlantic Theaters, Atlas Cinemas, Baederwood Movie Theatre Co., Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bryn Mawr Movie Theatre Co., Camera Cinemas, Celebrity Theatres, Channelside Cinemas, Cinema Centers, Cinema Four-Quad, Cinemagic Movies, Cinemall, Classic Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas, Consolidated Theatres, Cornelius Cinemas, Crown Theatres, Dickinson Theatres, Drexel Theatres, Eastern Shores, Emagine Entertainment, Entertainment Retail (Hollywood Hits), Famous Players, Film Forum, Foxmoor Movies, Greater Huntington Theatres, Greenville Cinemas, Hallett Cinemas, Harkins Theatres, HLB Entertainment, Hollywood Cinema 9, Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Hoyts Cinemas, IFC Center, Kew Gardens (Cobble Hill), Krikorian Premiere Theatres, Landmark Theatres, Main Street Cinemas, Malco Theatres, Mann Theatres, Marco Movies, Marcus Theatres, Marquee Cinemas, Metropolitan Theatres, MJR Theatres, MovieMax Theatres, Narberth Theatre, National Amusements, Omniplex Theatre Group, O'Neil Theatres, Pacific Theatres, Paris Theater, Phoenix Theatres, Pickwick Theatres, Premiere Cinemas, Rave Motion Pictures, Reading Cinemas USA (City Cinemas), Rio Entertainment, Ritz Theatres, Riviera Cinemas, Rocky Mountain Cinemas, Roxy Theatres, Santikos Theaters, Sayville Theatre, Sea Turtle Cinemas, Silver Screen Cinemas, Spotlight Theatres, Studio Movie Grill, Sunrise Cinemas, Tango Theaters, UltraStar Cinemas, Watson Theatre, Wellfleet Cinemas, and Westates Theatres.

About MovieTickets.com
MovieTickets.com, the most powerful Internet movie ticketing service, 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.

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