LOS ANGELES - August 21, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the Chloe Grace Moretz romantic drama, "If I Stay," tops the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator this week, scoring a strong 75 out of 100 points. The film has also led Fandango's weekend ticket sales since Monday, and is currently outpacing the Nicholas Sparks romance, "The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron, at the same point in that film's sales cycle on Fandango.
Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 "If I Stay" ticket-buyers on its site and found that:
· 84% are familiar with the novel by Gayle Forman;
· 82% already hope to see the book's sequel, "Where She Went," adapted for the screen;
· 77% have seen "The Hunger Games" movies; 58% have seen "Divergent;" 57% have seen "The Fault in Our Stars;"
· 73% plan to see the movie as part of a girls' night out.
"'If I Stay' is that young adult movie rarity," says Fandango correspondent Tara McNamara. "Like ‘The Fault in Our Stars,' it's a heart-wrenching romance portraying a teenager with an amazing connection to her parents, and its wide-ranging appeal is translating into top weekend ticket sales." Tara breaks down the film for parents on Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Mom's Movie Minute," concluding that the movie is most appropriate for kids "ages 15 and up." The full episode can be seen at http://www.fandango.com/video-galleries/moms-movie-minute/92.
As a special gift-with-purchase, "If I Stay" ticket-buyers on Fandango will receive two free song downloads from the film's soundtrack with their ticket purchase. For more details, see http://www.fandango.com/ifistay_171309/movieoverview.
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.