'Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince' Sellouts Top 2,000, Film Becomes No. 2 Potter Film on MovieTickets.com Advance Ticket Sellers List

MovieTickets.com reports ‘Half-Blood Prince’ has sold out almost 1,500 midnight screenings

(Los Angeles, CA - July 14, 2009) – Less than 24 hours before its July 15 release, MovieTickets.com reports over 2,000 sold out performances for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," including almost 1,500 midnight sellouts in the U.S. alone.

Already the top advance ticket seller of 2009, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" has sold more advance tickets than four of the five other Potter films, second only to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." The film became a MovieTickets.com Top-10 Advance Ticket Seller of All-Time on Tuesday morning, moving into the No. 7 slot with 12 hours still to go before its midnight release.

In moving into the Top-10, "Half-Blood Prince" bumped "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones" from the coveted Top-10 list.

MovieTickets.com Top-10 Advance Ticket Sellers of All-Time (Include IMAX)

  • 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
  • Twilight
  • Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Disney Digital 3-D
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

As of 12 p.m. ET, "Half-Blood Prince" currently accounts for 96 percent of all ticket sales at MovieTickets.com today.

"The fact that we’re seeing this type of volume, despite the delay of the IMAX wide release until July 29, is really an incredible feat for 'Half-Blood Prince,'" said Joel Cohen, executive vice president and general manager for MovieTickets.com. "We fully expect 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' to be one of MovieTickets.com's Top-5 Advance Ticket Sellers of All-Time by the end of the day."

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MovieTickets.com exhibitors currently include:

Abingdon Cinemall, Academy 8 Theaters (P & G Theaters), Access Digital Theatres, Alco Theaters, All Star Entertainment, Allred 5 Theater, AMC Theatres, Amherst Cinema Art Center, Arena Grand Theatre (Columbus Hospitality), Ashbrie Cinemas, Atlantic Theaters (Movies at Midway), Atlas Cinemas, Avon Theater, Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14, B&B Theatres, 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), Cineplex Odeon, Classic Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas, Cleveland Cinemas, Continental Cinemas, Cornelius Cinemas, Dickinson Theatres, Dipson Theatres, 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), Lee Neighborhood Theaters, M Park 4 Multiplex Cinema, Marketplace Cinema, Maplewood Theatre, Maiden Alley Cinema, Main Street Cinemas, Main Street Theatres, 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, Muvico Theaters, 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), O'Neil Cinemas, Pacific Theatres, Paris Theater, Pavilion Cinema (UK), Penn Cinema, Phoenix Theatres (MI), Phoenix Theatres (TN), Pickwick Theatres, Premiere Cinemas, Prytania Theatre, 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, Schulman Partners (Colleyville Cinema Grill, City Lights Cinema), Scotiabank Theatres, Sea Turtle Cinemas, ShowBiz Cinemas, Showplace Cinemas, Silver Screen Cinemas, Silver Screen Partners, Southern Theatres, Southeast Cinemas, Spotlight Theatres, Starplex Cinemas, Startime Entertainment, Star Cinema 6, Stone Theaters, 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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