The year's most anticipated movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, doesn't screen in movie theaters nationwide until tonight, but it has already broken Fandango's record for the most tickets sold for any film during its entire theatrical run. Even more impressive, this ticketing record was achieved during the pre-release window. Here's what Fandango President Paul Yanover had to say in a statement about this new box office record.
"The Force Awakens is a genuine cultural phenomenon. The extraordinary ticketing demand is truly unprecedented. It is Fandango's top-selling movie of all time, even before it has even hit theater screens. It's great to see that all fans can enjoy the Star Wars experience, as our theater partners continue to add new screens and new showtimes every day."
Fandango's latest pulse of the ticket-buying public underscores the magnitude of this moviegoing milestone. According to a survey of more than 1,000 Star Wars fans on Fandango, 79% say that seeing The Force Awakens in theaters is a cultural event. 65% indicate that The Force Awakens is part of their holiday plans with family and friends, while 63% are planning to see the movie multiple times on the big screen. Here's what Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution at Walt Disney Pictures, had to say in his statement.
"We are obviously very encouraged by the record-breaking presales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there are literally millions of tickets available for this weekend, and exhibitors have a lot of flexibility in terms of capacity and increasing the number of shows based on demand."
Fandango is working daily with all the nation's exhibitors, including Regal Cinemas, AMC Theatres, Cinemark, Carmike and every major theater chain across the country, to continue to expand show time selection to meet the fan demand. As of today, Fandango's new list of Top Five Ticket-Sellers of All Time is as follows: 1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), 2. Jurassic World (2015), 3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), 4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), 5. The Hunger Games (2012).
Fandango, which is enjoying a record-breaking year (with 60% year-over-year ticketing growth), is the nation's leading digital destination for all things movies, reaching 42 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore, and selling tickets to 27,000 screens nationwide. Fandango provides consumers with movie information and engaging content including reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's market-leading apps have garnered 50 million downloads and are available for Apple's iOS devices, Passbook, Siri and Apple Watch and Google's Android platform, Google Plus and Google Now. The company also operates the #1 movie trailers and content channel on YouTube with Fandango Movieclips, which can also be found at its dedicated website (MovieClips.com) and mobile app for iOS and Android. Movie fans can find Fandango on Facebook at Facebook.com/Fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.