LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Fandango (http://www.fandango.com), the nation's leading movie ticketing destination, today announced a new collaboration with Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO), the premiere digital media company. The new agreement makes Fandango the online and mobile movie ticketer for Yahoo! Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com), with more than 30 million U.S. users (comScore).
As a result, millions of moviegoers will receive increased access to Fandango's comprehensive ticketing capabilities for nearly 20,000 screens across the country. Yahoo! users will be able to get Fandango showtimes and ticketing opportunities on their mobile devices and tablets as well.
"We are excited about this relationship with Yahoo!, which helps deliver consumer benefits to an even broader audience, giving moviegoers more convenient options to buy tickets and find up-to-the-minute movie information anywhere, anytime," says Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. "Moviegoers on Yahoo! will now have access to Fandango's many innovations, including the paperless Mobile Ticket program and reserved seating at a growing number of locations."
"Adding Fandango as our ticketing partner allows us to bring our 30 million users even more access to their favorite films," says Kenneth Fuchs, VP of the Yahoo! Media Network and head of the Entertainment, Sports, and Games Group. "Fandango will enhance our current theater reach and provide a best in class online and mobile solution to movie ticketing."
Fandango recently enjoyed the best-selling January and February in the company's nearly-12-year history. It recently announced new ticketing agreements with Regency Theatres and with AMC Theatres, adding 3,000 screens to its extensive network of movie theaters across the country, now numbering a total of nearly 20,000 screens. Fandango regularly accounts for a significant percentage of opening weekend tickets sold nationwide, and is already reporting more than a thousand sold-out showtimes for the March 23 release of "The Hunger Games."
Yahoo! Movies is a top online destination for moviegoers with the most robust movie experience on the Web that includes ticketing, live broadcasts, and exclusive content. In addition, Yahoo! Movies provides users with the most up-to-the-minute news on the biggest events of the year including the Oscars and other major awards shows.
John Carter: $40.7 million from 54 territories representing 92% of the market. International cume = $126.1 million.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $11.6 million from 1,275 locations in 16 markets.
This Means War: $9.2 million from 4,190 locations in 58 markets. International cume = $69.4 million.
The Devil Inside: $7.4 million from 2,476 locations in 40 markets. International cume = $38.1 million.
21 Jump Street: $7 million from 745 locations in 11 markets.
Project X: $5.6 million from nearly 1,475 locations in 26 markets. International cume = $14 million.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: $5.0 million from 50 markets. International cume = $207 million.
Chronicle: $3.5 million from 1,822 locations in 29 markets. International cume = $53.8 million. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $3.2 million from 701 location in 5 markets. International cume = $22.6 million. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: $2.5 million from 16 markets. International cume = $342 million. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D: $2.5 million from 1,132 locations in 9 markets. International cume - $54.6 million.
Hugo: $3.4 million from 1,939 locations in 36 markets. International cume = $68 million.
Puss In Boots: $2.7 million from 1,146 locations. International cume = $390.5 million.
Chronicle: $3.5 million from 1,822 locations in 29 markets. International cume = $53.8 million.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $3.2 million from 701 location in 5 markets. International cume = $22.6 million.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: $2.5 million from 16 markets. International cume = $342 million.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D: $2.5 million from 1,132 locations in 9 markets. International cume - $54.6 million.
The official release from Fandango:
Los Angeles -- One week from tonight, millions of moviegoers across the country will be entering the arena of "The Hunger Games" as the movie debuts in theaters at 12:01 a.m. on March 23.
More than a thousand showtimes are already sold out across the country, from New York to San Francisco, from Maine to Hawaii. Theater owners are adding additional showtimes -- some as late as 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning -- to meet the demand for tickets, available at http://www.fandango.com/thehungergames/movieguide. The film's advance ticket sales have already surpassed those of the first "Twilight" movie at the same point in that film's sales cycle.
"It's our fastest-selling franchise-opener since ‘Twilight'," says Rick Butler, general manager and executive vice president of Fandango. "The brisk advance ticket sales are a testament to the strength of the incredible marketing campaign which has clearly resonated with fans and even those unfamiliar with the books."
"Hunger Games" currently represents 71% of today's ticket sales on Fandango. Here are a few more statistics from an online survey of several thousand "Hunger Games" moviegoers conducted on Fandango:
• 72% say the intriguing premise and action is what attracts them most to "Hunger Games"; only 18% picked the love story as the main attraction;
• 57% are planning to see the movie with a group of friends;
• 46% of respondents are 25 or older; 54% are younger than 25.