LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, reports today that its ticket sales are soaring for "The Avengers," putting the movie on track to become one of Fandango's top ticket-sellers of the year. With more than 1,000 showtimes already sold out in advance of its Friday opening, "The Avengers" represents 95% of today's sales.
The superhero ensemble movie is also outperforming all previous Marvel titles, including all 'Spider-Man' movies and 'Avengers'-related films at the same point in the sales cycle. On top of that, "The Avengers" is outpacing last summer's action blockbuster, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," at the same point in that film's sales cycle.
According to a recent Fandango survey, "The Avengers" is the most anticipated film of this summer, with 66% of fans planning to see it more than once on the big screen.
"Fandango continues to report exceptionally strong online and mobile ticket sales this season," says Rick Butler, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Fandango. "As 'Avengers' fans assemble at theaters at midnight tonight and throughout the weekend, we are finding more and more moviegoers taking advantage of Fandango's many conveniences, like our mobile apps, reserved seating and mobile barcode ticketing, to guarantee their seats for the summer's biggest blockbusters."
Fans can check out the inside scoop on the film at Fandango's "Avengers' Movie Guide," featuring exclusive and extensive on-set reports and video interviews with each of the film's biggest stars including Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson - as well as detailed looks at all of the film's characters, a guide to the greatest and lamest comic book movies in Hollywood history, plus "Avengers" prize pack giveaways. To check out all that Fandango has to offer on "The Avengers," see http://www.fandango.com/theavengers/movieguide.
Heading into the summer, the busiest moviegoing season of the year, Fandango just finished its most successful first quarter in the company's nearly 12-year history. As Fandango's ticket sales surged 127% over last year, the company partnered with AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres and other chains to expand its theater network by 19%. The quarter also included Fandango's recently-signed ticketing deal with Yahoo, the launch of Fandango's enormously popular Facebook Timeline app, "Movies with Friends", and Cinemark's rollout of Fandango's paperless Mobile Ticket program, now available at 2,600 Fandango screens across the country.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) today announced that the Dolby TheatreTM, the iconic Hollywood landmark known to the world as the home of the Academy Awards®, will be the world's stage for entertainment sound. Dolby will enhance the sound system of the theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, owned by CIM Group, to create a world-class showcase for Dolby's current and future technologies, beginning with the company's revolutionary new Dolby® AtmosTM sound technology released last week.
The Dolby TheatreTM amplifies Dolby's commitment to innovation and ongoing role as leader and creator of the most realistic and immersive entertainment experiences. Dolby will start its enhancement of the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat theatre first by installing Dolby Atmos - a break-through audio technology that delivers the most natural, life-like sensory experience. The company will continue to update the Dolby Theatre with the newest technologies, making it a coveted host for the world's top premieres and launch events.
"Dolby is a brand recognized around the world for creating the best, most life-like entertainment sound experiences in any environment," said Kevin Yeaman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dolby Laboratories. "This partnership with CIM allows the Dolby Theatre to be not only the world-stage for the Academy Awards, but for Dolby innovations for decades to come."
From the cinema to the living room, Dolby has transformed the entertainment experience and is recognized as the standard for high-quality audio. Today Dolby technologies can be found in theatres, Blu-ray, video games, DVDs, mobile media, digital broadcast TV, digital cable, professional recording studios, and satellite systems.
For 34 consecutive years, films released with Dolby audio technologies have earned Academy Award nominations for outstanding sound quality. The Dolby Theatre will be the host of the annual Academy Awards program.
"Dolby Laboratories has a long history in Hollywood and has made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. It is a respected international brand and technology innovator. We are proud to welcome them as our partner on the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center," said Shaul Kuba, Co-Founder, CIM Group.
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WASHINGTON - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released its annual Special 301 report, which evaluates the state of intellectual property rights protection worldwide. The report highlights the ongoing challenge that online content theft poses to the continued growth of American creative industries.
While this report reminds us of the challenges the U.S. creative industries confront in overseas markets, it is notable that Spain, which was removed from the 301 list this year, as well as some other countries, are taking steps to protect and promote their creative industries.
Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), commended the USTR for documenting the content theft and market access barriers that negatively impact American creative industries' ability to compete in the global marketplace:
"This report highlights content theft and barriers in foreign markets that pose threats to the continued growth of U.S. creative industries and the U.S. economy. Strong copyright protection and enforcement are vital to our industry's ability to create U.S. jobs, grow our own economy, and expand U.S. exports. We thank Ambassador Ron Kirk, the USTR and their colleagues across the interagency team who work tirelessly to enhance the protection of U.S. intellectual property rights overseas."
A copy of USTR's Special 301 Report can be found here.