Los Angeles(RushPRnews)11/20/08-â€“ Tonightâ€™s the night for millions of moviegoers across the country, as â€œTwilightâ€ dawns at theaters at 12:01 a.m. Hundreds of tonightâ€™s midnight showtimes are already sold out, from Bellingham to Boise to Boston. Theater owners are adding additional showtimes â€“ some as late as 2:45 a.m. on Friday morning – to meet the demand for tickets, available at www.fandango.com/twilightickets.
Based on the best-selling novel, â€œTwilightâ€ has now eclipsed both â€œHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fireâ€ and â€œHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixâ€ on Fandangoâ€™s list of top ten advance ticket-sellers, taking over the #3 spot. The #1 and #2 spots continue to be held by â€œStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sithâ€ and â€œThe Dark Knightâ€, respectively.
â€œTwilightâ€ currently represents more than 94% of all weekly ticket sales on Fandango (as of November 20 at 1 pm PT).
â€œItâ€™s our fastest ticket-seller since â€™The Dark Knightâ€™â€, says Rick Butler, chief operating officer of Fandango. â€œThe impressive advance ticket sales are clearly the result of the growing Internet buzz from the novelâ€™s online fans. There are so many moviegoers staying up late to see the movie at midnight that â€˜Twilightâ€™ might single-handedly boost coffee sales on Friday morning.â€
Here are a few statistics from our ongoing survey of more than 5,000 â€œTwilightâ€ moviegoers on Fandango.com:
â€¢ 83% say they plan to see â€Twilightâ€ more than once;
â€¢ 56% are planning to see the movie with a group of friends;
â€¢ 42% of respondents are 25 or older; 58% are younger than 25;
â€¢ 25% of respondents claim they will see â€œTwilightâ€ with their moms or daughters;
â€¢ 67% say they are attracted to â€œTwilightâ€ because of the love story between Edward and Bella;
â€¢ 73% are most excited to see Robert Pattinson as Edward on the big screen, more than any other character portrayal;
â€¢ 87% have seen â€œTwilightâ€ clips or trailers online;
â€¢ 92% of respondents say the online clips and trailers made them want to buy a ticket.
The Top Ten Advance Ticket-Sellers on Fandango.com
(as of 11/20/08 12 noon PT):
1. â€œStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sithâ€ (2005)
2. â€œThe Dark Knightâ€ (2008)
3. â€œTwilightâ€ (2008)
4. â€œHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fireâ€ (2005)
5. â€œHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixâ€ (2007)
6. â€œPirates of the Caribbean: At Worldâ€™s Endâ€ (2007)
7. â€œHannah Montana 3Dâ€ (2008)
8. â€œLord of the Rings: Return of the Kingâ€ (2003)
9. â€œSpider-Man 3â€ (2007)
10.â€Sex and the Cityâ€ (2008)
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