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.