LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today announced a ticketing agreement with MSN, Microsoft Corp.'s information and entertainment network. This makes Fandango the official online and mobile movie ticketer for MSN Movies (http://movies.msn.com/) and MSN Entertainment (http://entertainment.msn.com). The combined traffic of the MSN sites reaches more than 100 million U.S. users per month (comScore).
"This strategic relationship with MSN delivers Fandango's expansive ticketing capabilities and mobile innovations to millions of additional movie fans across the country," said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. "The deal reflects the company's ongoing strategy to provide access to Fandango's broad network of screens and movie content for fans on every platform."
"MSN is a great place for people to get the latest information on the summer's hottest movies, and now thanks to our agreement with Fandango, it's easier than ever for MSN fans to purchase movie tickets via Fandango's network of nearly 20,000 theater screens," said Rob Bennett, General Manager of Entertainment, Video and Sports for MSN.
This collaboration with MSN is the latest in a series of recent announcements demonstrating Fandango's continued momentum. Thanks in part to record-breaking ticket sales for "The Avengers," the company enjoyed its best-selling month of May in its 12-year history with a 47% surge in year-over-year ticket sales and a 29% percent year-over-year increase in monthly site visitors (totaling 34 million). Fandango also significantly expanded its exhibitor reach through deals with AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres and many other chains. In addition, Fandango struck recent partnerships to become the movie ticketing provider for both Yahoo! and AOL's Moviefone, bringing its award-winning apps, reserved seating, and paperless Mobile Ticket scanning to an increasingly larger number of moviegoers across the country.
International Grosses for the weekend of June 22-24, 2012:
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $30.1 million from 11,250 locations in 44 countries. International cume = $208.4 million.
Key territories, according to an official statement by Paramount:
Mexico brought in another $3.5M in Madagascar 3's third weekend to continue its #1 ranking at the local box office for the third week in a row, with a drop of mere 31%, lifting its territorial total to a fantastic $20.4M. France added a muscular $3.3M to the pot from 773 cinemas, bringing the territorial total to an estimated $18.5M. After the opening of Pixar's animation Brave, Russia still managed to gather $2.9M from 1284 cinemas, bringing its overall cume to a sensational $42.3M.
In Brazil, Madagascar 3 continues to impress by claiming an estimated $3M from 470 cinemas, pushing the cume to an excellent $22.9M, down only 27% and #1 for the third weekend running. Argentina also maintained a lock on the top spot at the box office for the third consecutive week, grossing a solid $1.8M, a drop of only 31% and bringing cume to a hefty $11M. 500 locations in Korea added $1.6M, a small drop of just 26%, bringing the Korean cume to a robust $8.6M.
Snow White and the Huntsman: $22.6 million from 6,780 locations in 60 territories. International cume = $160.4 million.
Brave: $13.5 million from 10 territories representing 17% of the international market. International cume = $13.5 million.
Prometheus: $12.7 million from 6,911 locations in 61 markets. International cume = $152.9 million.
Men in Black 3: $10.5 million from 75 markets. International cume = $414 million.
UNITED KINGDOM $1.5 (-35%) cume $30.7, #2 in the market.
JAPAN (distributed by Toho-Towa) $1.1 (-60%) cume $35.4.
GERMANY is still planted firmly at #1 for its 5th consecutive week. $.975 (-38%) cume $22.8.
FRANCE $.800 (-36%) cume $17.235.
AUSTRALIA $.520 (-52%) cume $16.7.
MEXICO $.375 (-47%) cume $16.7.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: $8.1 million from 2,656 locations in 17 markets. International cume = $8.1 million.
Dark Shadows: $6.9 million from 3,600 locations in 57 territories. International cume = $143 million.
The Dictator: $4.4 million from 2,186 locations in 37 countries. International cume: $83.2 million.
Rock of Ages: $2.9 million from 2,500 locations in 24 territories. International cume = $8.6 million.
Marvel's The Avengers: $2.3 million from 56 territories representing 95% of the international market. International cume = $837.9 million.