LOS ANGELES (RPRN) March 23, 2009 The popular vampire love story, Twilight, has been selected by 78% of participating moviegoers as the top film of 2008, as part of the polling for the first annual Fandango Fan Choice Award. The new award will be presented to Summit Entertainment, the studio that produced Twilight, at ShoWest, the worldâ€™s largest theatrical convention, on the night of April 2 in Las Vegas.
During the Hollywood awards season (February 9 – February 27, 2009), over 69,000 film fans voted online for their favorite film at www.fandango.com/awardswatch. Moviegoers were asked to pick their favorite film from a list of 2008â€™s top ten domestic box office hits (which included The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Wall-E).
Although it was not the top-grossing film of 2008 (that honor goes to The Dark Knight), Twilight ended up receiving more fan votes than any other title to win the Fandango Fan Choice Award. The film is already a huge success on DVD, selling over 3 million units on its first day of release. According to a recent Fandango survey, New Moon, the Twilight sequel set for release on November 20, is among 2009â€™s most anticipated movies.
â€œTwilight clearly struck a chord with mainstream moviegoers,â€ says Ted Hong, Chief Marketing Officer for Fandango. â€œAlthough it was overlooked by the Academy and the top criticsâ€™ groups for nominations in 2008,Twilight has a remarkable online fan base, which was obviously instrumental in helping it win the Fandango Fan Choice Award. The franchiseâ€™s huge following shows no signs of abating.â€
One of the Web’s top movie and entertainment destinations, Fandango sells tickets to more than 16,000 screens. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at mobile.fandango.com. Fandango is a unit of Comcast Interactive Media.