Thursday Update #2:
Los Angeles, CA -- Fandango reports that "The Dark Knight Rises," on the eve of its opening weekend, is outpacing the summer blockbuster "The Avengers" in ticket sales at the same point in the sales cycle. The final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has sold out on Fandango more than 2,000 showtimes nationwide and it's currently on track to become one of Fandango's top-selling movies of all time.
"Thursday's ticket sales are incredibly strong, as film fans are flocking to Fandango to guarantee their seats for the film's opening weekend," says Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. "The IMAX showtimes are particular fast-sellers, as almost every one of our Thursday midnight IMAX showtimes have been sold out. The good news is that theater owners are continually posting new showtimes on Fandango to meet the fan demand, so tickets are still available."
"The Dark Knight Rises" currently accounts for 91% of daily ticket sales, selling out coast-to-coast from big cities like New York and Los Angeles, to smaller towns like Sunrise, Florida to Puyallup, Washington. The film also promises to be one of Fandango's all-time top mobile ticket-sellers, with nearly 30% of the site's fans on Thursday using Fandango's mobile site and apps to buy their tickets in advance.
Fandango is currently featuring a wealth of editorial content on "The Dark Knight Rises" at http://www.fandango.com/thedarkknightrises/movieguide, from exclusive video interviews with the film's stars including Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premiere videos and photos, free music downloads, prize pack giveaways, and "The Dark Knight Rises" Virtual Theater -- where fans can win a movie tickets for a year at http://www.facebook.com/fandango.
Earlier in the week, Fandango surveyed more than a thousand "Dark Knight Rises" ticket-buyers, and found that 97% said the darker tone made them more interested in seeing the movie. In addition, 89% claimed the new villain, Bane, made them excited to see the film; 72% consider themselves fans of director Christopher Nolan; and 62% said they're anxious to see it because more than an hour of the film was shot in IMAX.
Earlier this month, Fandango announced it had achieved its best quarter in the company's 12-year history, with a 28% year-over-year surge in second quarter ticket sales, a 26% year-over-year increase in second quarter traffic, and its highest number of mobile tickets sold in one quarter, with mobile purchases up 107% year-over-year. In addition to record-setting ticket sales for "The Avengers," Fandango also signed new distribution deals with AOL's Moviefone, MSN and Yahoo, as well as AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres, and a long-term renewal with Carmike Cinemas.
Thursday Update #1:
The official statement from Fandango:
There's a storm coming: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES opens tonight at midnight and currently represents 91% of all of Thursday's ticket sales on Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination.
Earlier this week, Fandango surveyed more than a thousand DARK KNIGHT RISES ticket-buyers and discovered the following:
• 97% said the darker tone made them more interested in seeing the movie.
• 89% claimed the new villain, Bane, made them excited to see the film.
• 72% consider themselves fans of director Christopher Nolan.
• 62% said they're excited by the fact that more than an hour of the film was shot in IMAX.
• 58% said that Christian Bale was the actor they most preferred as Batman.
Official statement from MovieTickets.com:
According to MovieTickets.com, domestic box office ticket sales for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES accounts for 87.5% of all transactions for Wednesday, July 18th.
MovieTickets.com surveys their ticket purchasers every week and asks them what movies they intend to see six weeks to the movies' opening weekend. This week, of the people aware of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, 78% of the people surveyed said they would see it opening weekend. Overall, on a scale from 5 to 1, with 1 being little or no interest and 5 being significant interest in seeing this movie in a movie theater - THE DARK KNIGHT RISES averaged 4.8 out of 5 for intent to see.
According to Warner Bros., The Dark Knight Rises will play at 4,404 locations in North America this coming weekend. 3,700 locations will be showing the film at midnight. The highly-anticipated flick is also slated to play in 332 IMAX theaters.
Kansas City, Mo. -- With a few days left before the midnight premiere of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, guests of AMC Theatres(R) have already made The Dark Knight Trilogy the most successful marathon-style event in company history. Thus far, AMC has sold more than 60,000 advance tickets, with nearly half purchasing a ticket to see all three films - BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, at one of the 76 participating IMAX(R) Digital Theatres.
The Dark Knight Trilogy begins at 6 p.m. July 19, and features BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT and the midnight premiere of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES at 12:01 a.m. July 20. The event is just $25, and just $40 to see all three films in IMAX Digital.
With the more than 60,000 advance tickets sold, The Dark Knight Trilogy has already doubled AMC's previous marathon-event record of more than 30,000 tickets to The Ultimate Marvel Marathon in May.
In response to guest demand, AMC continues to add showtimes for both the Trilogy and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES midnight premiere, including a handful of 3:45-4 a.m. showtimes of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in IMAX. Ticket sales for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES midnight premiere are being led at AMC Lincoln Square 13 in New York, AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco and AMC Universal Citywalk 19 in Los Angeles. All three locations feature THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in the IMAX 15/70 Film format.
"We're pulling out all of the stops to account for the demand we're seeing for both The Dark Knight Trilogy, as well as the midnight premiere of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of AMC Film Programming. "While we always welcome a big walk-up crowd, we also strongly encourage fans to purchase their tickets in advance and secure their seat for this record-setting event."
"AMC has been a great partner as we prepare for the opening of The Dark Knight Rises," said Dan Fellman, president, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. "They have shattered every advance sale record while adding screens to accommodate the early demand for tickets. On behalf of WB and our film makers, we appreciate their hard work and commitment to excellence, as they present our films in the best possible environment."
The Dark Knight Trilogy begins July 19 at 6 p.m. and will feature the following films in order:
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES [at 12:01 a.m. July 20]
Fans seeing The Dark Knight Trilogy will receive a collectable lanyard and a commemorative trilogy poster while supplies last. AMC Stubs members who purchase a ticket to the trilogy prior to July 19 will receive $5 Bonus Bucks on their AMC Stubs account, valid the day of the event.
The lists of the 76 theatres participating in The Dark Knight Trilogy in IMAX, as well as the theatres running only the 12:01 a.m. showing of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in IMAX - both 15/70 film and digital - are available at www.amctheatres.com/darkknightimax. All IMAX seating is limited and first-come, first-serve.
Tickets for The Dark Knight Trilogy and the midnight premiere of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in traditional format are available at amctheatres.com/darkknight. To learn more about AMC Stubs, visit amcstubs.com.