'300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE' AND 'NEED FOR SPEED' DRIVE FANDANGO’S FANTICIPATION AND POWER THIS WEEKEND’S ADVANCE TICKET SALES

March 13, 2014

The press release from Fandango:

LOS ANGELES - March 13, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "300: Rise of an Empire" continues its reign at the top of Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring a heroic 77 out of 100 points and leading Fandango's weekend ticket sales, while "Need for Speed" is racing neck and neck with "300," ranking 76 out of 100 points.

"Fans of extreme action movies will be out in force at the theaters this weekend," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "The visually stunning ‘300' sequel continues to hold its position at the top of the weekend's advance ticket sales, while ‘Need for Speed' is a non-stop racing movie that should satisfy fans of high-octane entertainment."

In limited release this weekend, the Kickstarter-funded big-screen adaptation of TV's "Veronica Mars" is also a solid performer on Fandango. On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger breaks down this weekend's new releases and interviews "Mars" star Kristen Bell. "There was an extra investment in making it the best because the fans trusted us and believed in us," says Bell. "I will consider this movie a success if the fans are happy. I don't care if it makes money; I care if our 91,585 backers like the story." The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

Dave Karger also grills Kristen Bell on "Veronica Mars" trivia in a new installment of "Celebrity Trivia Battle," which can be found at http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/exclusive:celebritytriviabattlewithkristenbell-trailer/166515/2440814652

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.

Tags: Need for Speed, The Single Moms Club, 300: Rise of an Empire

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