With more than a week to go before the highly-anticipated release of The Dark Knight, Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, reports that many of its pre-opening Thursday midnight shows on July 17 are already sold out in cities across the country, from New York to Boise, Idaho. Theaters continue to add 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. showtimes to meet the ticketing demand.

"The Dark Knight may be responsible for a lot of bleary eyes at work next Friday morning," says Rick Butler, Chief Operating Officer for Fandango. "We're seeing a record number of late-night showtimes selling out in advance, while theaters are adding new performances every day."

More than 1,500 late-night showtimes of the movie have been scheduled for the film's pre-opening on Thursday night (Friday morning), July 17-18, at Fandango.com/TheDarkKnight. An online survey of more than 3,000 The Dark Knight fans on Fandango.com last week resulted in the following information on the late-night surge:

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- 37% of respondents plan to see the film at least once during one of the late night performances on Thursday night.

- 38% say that they intend to take off a few hours or the entire day

from work on Friday as a result of seeing the movie the night before.

- 60% of these moviegoers are male.

- 71% are under the age of 35.

- 39% plan to see the film in IMAX(R).

- 92% expect that the Academy will recognize Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker with a posthumous Oscar(R) nomination next year.

For Fandango, The Dark Knight is poised to be the year's top advance ticket-seller in wide release, outpacing Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Sex and the City: The Movie at the same point in those films' sales cycles.

Cinemark Movie Club