Spidey Breaks Fandango & MovieTickets.com Records

Spider-Man 3 not only broke box office records this weekend, but also records for the companies selling the tickets. First up is Fandango’s press release:

Fandango, the nation’s leading movie ticketing destination, announced today that new ticketing records were broken by Spider-Man 3, which enjoyed a projected $148 million* domestic opening weekend at the box office. Spider-Man 3 now ranks as Fandango’s daily ticket-sales record-holder. The previous daily record-holder was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, then Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Spider-Man 3 is making history across the board:

— On Friday, May 4, Spider-Man 3 broke Fandango’s daily sales record and hourly sales record (May 4, 4:00-5:00 pm PT), selling ten tickets per second over multiple hours;

— Opening day sales for Spider-Man 3 were by far the biggest of 2007 so far, surpassing the opening day sales for box office hits 300, Wild Hogs and Ghost Rider combined;

— Spider-Man 3 represents 97 percent of all weekly ticket sales on Fandango (as of Sunday 9:00 am PT).

“It’s a harbinger of a terrific summer at the movies,” says Ted Hong, VP Marketing for Fandango, “Spider-Man 3’s advance ticket sales have been nothing short of sensational, and as of Sunday morning, ticket sales are still going strong. We are pleased that millions of moviegoers are taking advantage of the ease of Fandango to avoid ‘sold out’ signs at the theaters this weekend.”

Also, MovieTickets.com reported:

MovieTickets.com (www.movietickets.com), the world’s most powerful online movie ticketing provider, has reported that on Friday, May 4 Spider-Man 3 broke ticket sales records, selling more tickets in a single day than any other film.

“Sequels consistently perform well, and as evidenced by our significant advance online sales volume, moviegoers anticipated sold-out shows. It was just last July that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest broke MovieTickets.com sales records, and now with these historic Spider-Man 3 numbers, we know that going online to buy an advance ticket has become a pop culture necessity,” said Joel Cohen executive vice president and general manager, MovieTickets.com. “MovieTickets.com is also seeing sales densities expand beyond metropolitan areas into smaller cities. When it comes to a hot movie, everyone wants to make sure they have a seat secured.”

* On Friday, May 4 MovieTickets.com broke a record for the most tickets sold site-wide in a single day, and Spider-Man 3 has sold more tickets in a single day, for a single film, than any other movie in the company’s history. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was the most recent record-holder in July 2006.

* Spider-Man 3 now ranks number one on the MovieTickets.com’s Top Five single day, all time best-seller list.

MovieTickets.com new Top Five:

1. Spider-Man 3

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

4. Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Source: Fandango, MovieTickets.com