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"Man of Steel" Looking Super as #1 Movie of the Weekend, According to Fandango’s Fanticipation

According to Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoing destination, advance ticket sales and positive fan word-of-mouth for “Man of Steel” are out of this world. The highly-anticipated film, opening this Friday, scored a rare 98 out of 100 points on the company’s Fanticipation buzz indicator, and ranks as today’s top ticket-seller on Fandango. “Man of Steel” soars high above the next closest competitor, Seth Rogen’s raunchy apocalyptic comedy, “This is the End,” which scored 77.

Fandango’s Fanticipation measures fan sentiment around the weekend box office line-up, with numerical scores that are calculated based on a proprietary analysis of Fandango’s advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement.

Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 “Man of Steel” ticket-buyers, and uncovered the following results:

88% are fans of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” franchise;

83% said the supporting cast of award-winning and nominated stars (including Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Shannon) increased their interest in seeing the movie;

81% claimed the darker interpretation of Superman made them more interested in buying a ticket;

75% cannot wait to see Michael Shannon’s performance as the villainous General Zod;

72% are fans of director Zack Snyder’s previous films (“300,” “Watchmen”);

69% want to see “Man of Steel” because the lead is played by Henry Cavill and not by an established box office superstar.

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Fans Stunned By Ben Affleck’s Oscar Snub

Ben Affleck has topped a new movie website poll as the 2013 Oscars’ Biggest Snub.

Film fans flocked to blog sites to offer up their surprise when the movie star wasn’t nominated in the Best Director category for his acclaimed Argo on Thursday morning – and he was the easy winner of Fandango’s Biggest Snub survey.

Thousands voted and Affleck picked up 52 percent – ahead of fellow Best Director absentees Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), who landed 20 percent and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) who came in third with 12 percent.

Nominee Ang Lee was just as stunned not to hear Affleck and Bigelow’s names alongside his when the nominations were announced.

The Life of Pi director says, “It’s not that I don’t think the others should have been nominated – I’m happy for everyone including myself – but these two seemed to be the sure thing from the beginning.”

Meanwhile, Fandango film fans were also stunned that the new James Bond film,Skyfall, didn’t land a Best Picture nod and John Hawkes led the overlooked actors as many moviegoers fully expected him to grab a Best Actor mention for his role in The Sessions.

In a related poll, Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis’ Best Actress nomination topped a Happiest Surprise survey with 35 percent, closely followed by Oscars host Seth MacFarlane’s Best Song mention for Ted.

Fandango Moviegoers Vote for "Breaking Dawn, Part 2" as Fall’s Most Anticipated Movie

 Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, today announced the results of its annual 2012 Fall Film Survey, in which Fandango asked over 1,000 moviegoers which films and performances they were most anticipating hitting big screen this Fall. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” dominated as both the “Most Anticipated Fall Movie” and “Best Date Night Movie,” earning 32% and 51% of the vote respectively.
Also making a splash on the survey was Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the musical, “Les Miserables,” with 49% of fans choosing it as the “Film that Could Sweep the Oscars” and Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy, “This is 40,” which 29% of the fans said was “The Movie Expected to Deliver the Biggest Laughs.” A full 38% of fans picked the upcoming Jennifer Lawrence horror film, “House at the End of the Street” as “The Movie Expected to Deliver the Biggest Frights.”
“Film fans always look forward to the Fall season, when some of the year’s best films debut closer to Oscar season,” said Fandango editor-in-chief Chuck Walton. “There’s a real diversity of product this year, as there’s clearly something for everyone – from baseball to Bond to Bella – and new films that are sure to keep fans buzzing well into next year.”

Fandango Sets New Records with "The Avengers"

Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it set a new record with “The Avengers” for the most tickets sold for any opening weekend in the company’s 12-year history. On top of that, Fandango also set records for the largest percentage of tickets sold via mobile on the weekend (42% of Sunday sales), as well as the top hourly sales record – selling as much as 68,000 tickets per hour during peak sales times (Friday, May 4 from 3-4 pm PT).

The previous record-holder was “The Hunger Games,” which sold 60,000 tickets during a peak ticket-selling period. The company also saw its top-selling single day (May 4, 2012) for a movie, beating “The Hunger Games” opening day on March 23, 2012.


“Fandango continues to see millions of fans taking advantage of our many conveniences and innovations to guarantee their seats, particularly with movies in hot demand like ’The Avengers,’” said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. “Our record-setting mobile sales affirm that mobile has clearly transitioned from just an alternative way to buy tickets to a primary choice for many weekend moviegoers. As of Monday, the film is still going strong, with all signs pointing to staggering ticket sales in the weeks to come.”

According to a Fandango online survey of thousands of moviegoers, 66% of “Avengers” fans plan to see the movie more than once in the theater, indicating repeat viewings throughout the week. As of Monday, the film still accounts for 94% of all daily tickets sold on Fandango.

For full coverage on “The Avengers,” fans can check out Fandango’s “Avengers Movie Guide” (http://www.fandango.com/theavengers/movieguide), featuring exclusive on set reports as well as one-on-one interviews with all the film’s stars including Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. The guide also includes a detailed look at all of the film’s characters, and a comprehensive list of the greatest and lamest comic book movies in Hollywood history, and much more.