(Los Angeles, CA August 10, 2004) Fandango (www.fandango.com), the nation’s largest online and phone movie ticketing service, today announced its record-breaking year-to-date results including:
An 84% growth in unique visitors from the first half of 2003 to the first half of 2004, with an all-time high in June 2004 of 4.3 million, reflecting more than 120% year-over-year growth.
A 60% increase in ticket sales from January through July 2003 to the same period in 2004, including 155% year-over-year growth for the month of June 2004.
Record-breaking sales of 13% of the opening weekend domestic box office for Fahrenheit 9/11, the companyís top selling documentary to date.
ï Breaking hourly, daily and weekly all-time company sales records for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, with more than 8% of the filmís opening weekend box office.
As the exclusive ticketing provider for four out of the top five theater chains in the U.S. , Fandango sells tickets to nearly 70 percent of the nationís wired theaters –more than twice the number of all other movie ticketing services combined. Fandango is also the exclusive movie ticketing service for Yahoo! Movies, the Webís most popular movie content site, with 9 million unique visitors in June 2004.
Additionally, Fandango continues to provide consumers with the most comprehensive value-added services, including the nationís only toll-free, voice recognition phone movie service 1-800-FANDANGO; Print at Home Ticketing; Reserved Seating and Fandango Bucks; as well as other services in development, such as Prepaid Concessions.
Our increased ticket sales and traffic demonstrate that more and more moviegoers are looking to Fandango to guarantee their tickets and ensure the movie going experience is as convenient as possible, said Art Levitt, president and CEO, Fandango, Inc.
Fandango, the nation’s largest online and phone movie ticketing service, sells tickets to over 1,000 theaters and 11,500 screens nearly 70 percent of all theaters enabled for remote ticketing in the U.S. Fandango offers moviegoers the ability to select a film, theater and show time, and purchase tickets in advance on http://www.fandango.com and at 1-800-FANDANGO, the only nationwide phone service for buying movie tickets in advance. Fandango sells tickets to more theaters than all of its competitors combined and is the exclusive ticketing service for the largest North American exhibitors: Carmike Theatres (NASDAQ: CKEC), Century Theatres, Edwards Theatres, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Regal Cinemas (NYSE: RGC) and United Artists Theatres, as well as to Brenden Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Eastern Federal Theatres, Kerasotes Theatres, R/C Theatres, Star Theatres and Wallace Theaters. Fandango allows moviegoers to bypass the box office via Print at Home ticketing and theater kiosks, and offers the gift of the movies, Fandango Bucks, and an e-mail invitation tool, Evite Friends.