MovieTickets.com Takes a Bite of ‘Twilight’ Tickets Sold Opening Weekend
Online Ticketing Continues Upward Trend as Vampire Flick Becomes Top-5 Pre-seller
(Los Angeles, CA - November 22, 2008) – Less than a year after “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” rode a largely teen and tween female demographic to pre-sale superstardom at MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), fangirls are once again turning box office hysteria into online movie ticketing history. MovieTickets.com estimates that its sales for the vampire flick will account for approximately 10 percent of the movie’s estimated $74 million opening weekend.
“Twilight” became the third non-tent-pole turned blockbuster to crack MovieTickets.com’s list of the Top-20 Pre-Sellers of All-Time. The film, which was selling up to 20 tickets per second at peak periods and sold-out more than 1,100 screenings at MovieTickets.com prior to its release, rubbed elbows with “Harry Potter,” “The Dark Knight” and “Lord of the Rings” Thursday night, becoming the No. 5 pre-seller of all time.
MovieTickets.com’s Top-5 Pre-Sale List of All-Time:
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- The Dark Knight
“The process of buying movie tickets has undergone a dramatic change in the last year,” said Joel Cohen, executive vice president and general manager for MovieTickets.com. “Thanks to an emerging generation of online ticket buyers and well executed online marketing campaigns, lesser known films, such as ‘Twilight,’ can effectively establish themselves in the mass markets and become one of the most talked about movies of the season.”
MovieTickets.com exhibitors currently include:
Academy 8 Theaters (P & G Theaters), Access Digital Theatres, Alco Theaters, All Star Entertainment, AMC Theatres, Amherst Cinema Art Center, Arena Grand Theatre (Columbus Hospitality), Ashbrie Cinemas, Atlantic Theaters (Movies at Midway), Atlas Cinemas, 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, 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), 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, 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, Moore Family Theaters, Movie Tavern, MovieMax Theatres, 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, Studio Movie Grill, Sunrise Cinemas, Syracuse Stadium 6,Tango Theaters, Tower Theaters, Trans-Lux Cinemas, United Entertainment Corp., UltraStar Cinemas, Village Theaters, Warren Theatres, Watson Theatre, Wellfleet Cinemas, and Westates Theatres.
MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the world’s most powerful Internet movie ticketing service, 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 140 theater chains, is about seven times the number of chains of its nearest competitor.
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