'WATCHMEN' TICKET SALES DOUBLE SUNDAY TO MONDAY AT MOVIETICKETS.COM, OUTPACE '300' BY 4-TO-1
IMAX Purchases Account for One Third of All 'Watchmen' Ticket Sales at MovieTickets.com
(Los Angeles, CA - March 3, 2009) - Advance ticket sales for director Zack Snyder's "Watchmen" doubled Sunday to Monday at MovieTickets.com, the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing.
According to the site, "Watchmen" is currently outpacing ticket sales for Snyder's 2007 blockbuster "300" by more than 4-to-1 at the same point in the sales cycle.
"The true test for 'Watchmen' will be how it performs later this week," said Joel Cohen, executive vice president and general manager for MovieTickets.com. "We sold more than 80 percent of our advance ticket sales for '300' the Wednesday and Thursday prior to its release. It will be interesting to see if 'Watchmen' displays a similar pattern."
"300" grossed $70.9 million in its first three days on its way to selling more than $210 million in tickets in North America, including $20 million via 62 domestic IMAX theaters.
Less than three days prior to its release, IMAX ticket sales at MovieTickets.com currently account for one-third of all ticket sales for "Watchmen," which will open in 124 IMAX screens.
MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing, offers moviegoers a convenient way to buy movie tickets in advance. MovieTickets.com enables consumers to buy tickets online for movie screens across the United States, as well as in Canada at MovieTickets.ca; in the U.K. at MovieTickets.co.uk; in Ireland at MovieTickets.ie; from any Internet-enabled wireless device at mobile.movietickets.com; and from any phone at 877-789-MOVIE. Formed in 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 theater chain expertise to deliver consumers a premium movie ticketing experience. Its elite collection of partner theaters consistently represents over 60 percent of the top 50 and over 60 percent of the top 100 grossing theaters in North America on any given weekend. The MovieTickets.com theater chain group, which includes 149 theater chains, is about seven times the number of chains of its nearest competitor.
MovieTickets.com exhibitors currently include:
Academy 8 Theaters (P & G Theaters), Access Digital Theatres, Alco Theaters, All Star Entertainment, Allred 5, AMC Theatres, Amherst Cinema Art Center, Arena Grand Theatre (Columbus Hospitality), Ashbrie Cinemas, Atlantic Theaters (Movies at Midway), Atlas Cinemas, Avon, Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14, B&B Theaters, Bank Street Theatre, Back Seat Conceptions (941 Theater), Bowtie Cinemas, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bryn Mawr Movie Theatre Co., Camera Cinemas, Carolina Cinemas, Celebrity Theatres, Channelside Cinemas, Cinema Centers, Cinema Four-Quad (Quad Cinema), Cinemagic Movies, Cinemagic Theatres (MN), Cinemall, Cineplex Odeon, Classic Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas, Cleveland Cinemas, Cornelius Cinemas, Dickinson Theatres, Dipson Theatres, Discovery Theater, Drexel Theatres, Eastern Shores (O’Neil Theaters NE), Emagine Entertainment (Cinema Hollywood), Entertainment Retail (Hollywood Hits), Elvis Cinemas, Eveningstar Cinema, Famous Players, Film Forum, Fine Arts Theatre - Beverly Hills, Flagship Cinemas, Fox Bay Cinema Grill, Foxmoor Movies, Frank Theaters, Funasia Theaters, Galaxy Cinemas (Canada), Galaxy Cinemas (GA), Galaxy Cinemas (NC), Greater Huntington Theatres, Greenville Cinemas (Camelot Cinemas), Hawthorne Theater, Hallett Cinemas, Harkins Theatres, Harrisonville Cinema, HLB Entertainment (Palace 9, Majestic 10), Hollywood Cinemas (UK), Hollywood Cinema 9, Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Howell Theater, IFC Center, Island Cinemas, Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center, Jarvis Conservatory, Kew Gardens (and Cobble Hill), K&G Theaters (Bloomfield 8), Krikorian Premiere Theatres, Landmark Theatres (and Ritz Theatres), M Park 4, Maplewood Theatre, Maiden Alley Cinema, Main Street Cinemas, Mall of America 14, Malco Theatres, Mann Theatres , Marcus Theatres, Marquee Cinemas, Metropolitan Theatres, Mission Grove Theaters, Missouri Cinema 6, MJR Theatres, MnM Theatres, Morley Theatre, Moore Family Theaters, Movie Tavern, MovieMax Theatres, NCG Cinemas, NAOS Entertainment, EPIC Cinemas, Narberth Theatre, National Amusements, Nelsonville Movies 10, North American Cinema, Oasis Cinema, Omniplex Theatre Group, O'Neil Theatres (Louisiana), Pacific Theatres, Paris Theater, Penn Cinema, Phoenix Theatres (MI), Phoenix Theatres (TN), Pickwick Theatres, Premiere Cinemas, Quarry Cinemas, Rail Road Square Cinema, Rave Motion Pictures, Regency 8 Cinema, Republic Theater Group, Rheem Theater, Rio Entertainment, Riviera Cinemas, Roxy Theatres, Safari Cinema, Sayville Theatre, Scotiabank Theatres, Sea Turtle Cinemas, ShowBiz Cinemas, Showplace Cinemas, Showtime Cinema, Silver Screen Cinemas, Silver Screen Partners, Southern Theatres, Spotlight Theatres, Starplex Cinemas, Startime Entertainment, Star Cinema 6, Studio Movie Grill, Sunrise Cinemas, Syracuse Stadium 6,Tango Theaters, Torch Theaters, Tower Theaters, Trans-Lux Cinemas, Tri City Theatre, United Entertainment Corp., UltraStar Cinemas, Village Theaters, Warren Theatres, Watson Theatre, Wellfleet Cinemas, and Westates Theatres.
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