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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it set a new record with "The Avengers" for the most tickets sold for any opening weekend in the company's 12-year history. On top of that, Fandango also set records for the largest percentage of tickets sold via mobile on the weekend (42% of Sunday sales), as well as the top hourly sales record - selling as much as 68,000 tickets per hour during peak sales times (Friday, May 4 from 3-4 pm PT).
The previous record-holder was "The Hunger Games," which sold 60,000 tickets during a peak ticket-selling period. The company also saw its top-selling single day (May 4, 2012) for a movie, beating "The Hunger Games" opening day on March 23, 2012.
"Fandango continues to see millions of fans taking advantage of our many conveniences and innovations to guarantee their seats, particularly with movies in hot demand like 'The Avengers,'" said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. "Our record-setting mobile sales affirm that mobile has clearly transitioned from just an alternative way to buy tickets to a primary choice for many weekend moviegoers. As of Monday, the film is still going strong, with all signs pointing to staggering ticket sales in the weeks to come."
According to a Fandango online survey of thousands of moviegoers, 66% of "Avengers" fans plan to see the movie more than once in the theater, indicating repeat viewings throughout the week. As of Monday, the film still accounts for 94% of all daily tickets sold on Fandango.
For full coverage on "The Avengers," fans can check out Fandango's "Avengers Movie Guide" (http://www.fandango.com/theavengers/movieguide), featuring exclusive on set reports as well as one-on-one interviews with all the film's stars including Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. The guide also includes a detailed look at all of the film's characters, and a comprehensive list of the greatest and lamest comic book movies in Hollywood history, and much more.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced that the opening weekend of ‘Marvel's The Avengers' surpasses previous company and domestic exhibition records. Regal earned an unprecedented $42 million in gross admissions revenue beginning with a massive midnight audience that started gathering Thursday and continued throughout the weekend with a busy box office.
"Regal was thrilled to host such a large and appreciative crowd this past weekend. ‘Marvel's The Avengers' is being well-received by both critics and our guests which leads to further interest in the film with great word-of-mouth advertising and a desire by many moviegoers to see it again," stated Greg Dunn, President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal's $42 million for ‘The Avengers' opening weekend is a tremendous start to an impressive slate of summer movies."
Regal Entertainment Group generated additional interest in ‘Marvel's The Avengers' by hosting a day-long event showcasing previous Marvel films. Thousands of fans attended the special movie event on Thursday at 78 Regal theatres to watch four previously released superhero movies before enjoying the much-anticipated midnight premiere.
Sunday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers will have an international cume of $441.5 million by the end of this weekend. If that and the domestic estimate of $200.3 million both stick, then the worldwide cume will be a staggering $641.8 million.
Other international grosses from this weekend:
American Reunion: $34 million from 4,672 locations in 48 territories. International cume = $117.2 million.
Battleship: $11 million from 9,080 locations in 52 territories. International cume = $200.1 million.
Janaat 2: $6.1 million from 1,970 locations in India. International cume = $6.1 million.
The Lucky One: $5.5 million from 2,100 locations in 27 markets. International cume = $18 million.
Titanic 3D: $4.2 million from 3,054 locations in 54 markets. International cume = $276.2 million.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $2.7 million from 2,606 locations in 45 territories. International cume = $92.4 million.
Saturday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers took in $30.3 million internationally on Friday, pushing its international cume to $334.3 million. The worldwide total is currently $414.8 million.
Friday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers crossed the $300 million mark internationally on Thursday thanks to an $22.9 million haul.
Thursday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers has reached $281.1 million internationally after grabbing $20.6 million on Wednesday.
In just 8 days of release, The Avengers has already passed the total international box office cume for Captain America ($192M), Iron Man ($267M) and Thor ($268M).
Wednesday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers has now hit $260.5 million internationally after raking in $42.3 million on Tuesday.
The official release from Disney:
MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (Marvel Studios) began its record-breaking worldwide rollout opening in 39 international territories representing 70% of the international marketplace. The film opens in the U.S. on May 4th.
Estimated international cume through 4/29 is $178.4 MILLION.
• Biggest opening weekend ever in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Philippines.
• Biggest opening days in New Zealand, Taiwan, Iceland & Malaysia
• Opened #1 in every market.
Details by key territory
Australia - represents the 2nd highest opening weekend of all-time and the highest Disney and Marvel opening weekend ever. (Editor's Note: Research into Australia's box office grosses indicates that Avengers managed the 2nd biggest 1st 5 days [Wed-Sun], not the 2nd biggest weekend.)
Korea - represents the 5th highest western opening weekend of all-time and the highest Disney and Marvel opening weekend ever.
Taiwan - represents the highest openingweekend of all-time!
Hong Kong - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Malaysia - highest opening weekend of all-time!
New Zealand - highest opening weekend of all-time!
The Philippines - highest opening weekend of all-time! The Saturday was the highest grossing single day in history!
Vietnam - 2nd highest opening weekend of all-time and highest Disney/Marvel opening weekend ever.
India - 3rd highest western opening weekend of all-time and highest Disney/Marvel opening weekend ever.
UK - represents the highest superhero opening ever and highest Disney 3-day opening weekend ever
Argentina - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Brazil - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Mexico - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Ecuador - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Central America - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Peru - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Bolivia - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Other points of note
This weekend number does not include any GBO for China, Russia or Japan. China and Russia open next week while Japan opens in August.