The official release:
Boca Raton, FL -- MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the leading global provider of advance movie ticketing, reports that Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 has made it in to the Top Five of the company's highest pre-selling films of all time, ranking fifth ahead of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. In anticipation of the increased sales for the film's release, MovieTickets.com grew its theatre chain group count to 244 this week, which together operate over 17,400 movie screens.
Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com, stated, "The success of The Twilight Saga and the trends we saw from advance ticket sales of the most recent film is phenomenal. The fans who have supported this franchise from the beginning show no signs of walking away from what we know will continue to be a record-breaking movie going event."
See below for the new list of MovieTickets.com's Top 10 all-time online pre-sellers, which now includes the three most recent films from The Twilight Saga franchise:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
3. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
8. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
10. The Dark Knight
Summit's juggernaut is already off to a great start internationally with $8.9 million in the bank. More info coming soon.
Thursday Morning Update: With midnight shows rapidly approaching, more than 3,500 screenings of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I are now sold out.
Wednesday Morning Update: Fandango spokesman Harry Medved tells Boxoffice.com that there are now more than 3,000 sold-out shows for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I.
"Like Bella's baby, this movie is strong and fast-growing," says Medved. "We expect the film to continue to sell out, as theater owners post additional showtimes to meet the fan demand to join Edward and Bella at the altar tomorrow night."
The official release from Fandango:
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1", which opens Thursday night at midnight, has already sold out out more than 2,500 showtimes on Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination. Theaters owners are reporting sold-out showtimes across the country, from Kahului, Hawaii to Augusta, Maine, while posting additional showtimes to meet the fan demand.
"Breaking Dawn, Part 1" currently represents 93% of today's ticket sales. According to a Fandango survey of several thousand "Breaking Dawn, Part 1" ticket-buyers:
• 87% have read the book;
• 61% of readers of "Breaking Dawn" say it is their favorite book of the series;
• 72% would like to visit the "Breaking Dawn" filming locations in Louisiana;
• 47% plan to see the movie as part of a group of friends.
As an added bonus to fans, Fandango is hosting a Twitter party (a virtual party using the Twitter platform) live from tonight's red carpet world premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1". From 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT tonight, fans can join in the "Twilight" discussion, see exclusive photos of the cast from the premiere and win prizes like $500 in Fandango Bucks. To join the party, follow @Fandango #FandangoTwilight.