Harry Potter – Fandago’s Top Ticket-Seller of the Year

by Daniel Haim

With two more days before its July 15 release date, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” has already leaped over the year’s previous box office winners to become Fandango’s top-selling title of the year so far.

Fandango has sold more tickets for “Part 2” than it has sold for any other movie this year, including pre-release and post-release ticket sales.

Fandango’s Top 5 Ticket-Sellers of the Year (as of July 13, 2011):

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  2. “The Hangover Part II”
  3. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
  4. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
  5. “Bridesmaids”

“Part 2” is also on track to become the #2 advance ticket-seller in Fandango’s eleven-year history, following “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

Fandango’s Top 5 All-Time Pre-Sellers (by day’s end on July 13, 2011):

  1. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (2009)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
  3. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (2010)
  4. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (2010)
  5. “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (2005)

The final adventure of the “Harry Potter” franchise is currently conjuring up 91% of daily ticket sales on Fandango, the nation’s leading movie ticketing destination. More than 5,000 showtimes for the film are already sold out across the country, with theater owners continually posting additional show times to meet the fan demand in all the fifty states.

“It’s our fastest-selling movie of the year and our best-selling ‘Potter’ movie of all time,” says Fandango Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Butler. “So many film fans grew up with ‘Harry Potter’ and want to celebrate the series conclusion together on the big screen. The first ‘Potter’ helped put advance ticketing on the map in 2001, so in some ways, Fandango as a company grew up with ‘Potter’ as well. It’s fitting that the grand finale would break records with fans on our Web site and mobile applications.”