LOS ANGELES - June 11, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, two highly-anticipated sequels, "22 Jump Street" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" are on track to score big with weekend audiences, scoring 91 and 90 out of 100 points, respectively, on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator. The R-rated "22 Jump Street" is outselling previous R-rated comedies "Ted" and "Neighbors", while the animated "Dragon 2" is currently outselling "Rio 2," "The Croods" and "Hotel Transylvania," at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Dragon 2" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
· 85% are eager to see a family-friendly film this summer;
· 81% picked "Toothless" as their favorite dragon;
· 71% saw the first "Dragon" movie on the big screen;
· 63% select Cate Blanchett as the new franchise voice they're most anticipating;
· 61% will see the movie as part of a family outing celebrating Father's Day Weekend.
"'22 Jump Street' and ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2' have more in common than the participation of Jonah Hill," notes Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger. "They're both sequels to major crowd pleasers and as such have large built-in fan bases. ‘Jump Street' will bring in older teens and twentysomethings in huge numbers, while ‘Dragon' is the most appealing family film since ‘The LEGO Movie,' and the first animated blockbuster of the summer."
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.