Fandango COVID-19 Safety Procedures

Movie theaters are on track to reopen next month (whether we like it or not), but things can’t just go back to normal. Across the country, different theaters are putting different safety procedures in place to give moviegoers peace of mind in the age of coronavirus. To help folks figure out just what those safety measures are, Fandango is launching “a multi-dimensional program to help moviegoers go back to theaters with confidence and peace of mind.”

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Fandango buys Vudu

We’re quarantined for the foreseeable future, and since many people are now spending more time than ever watching things at home, we’re paying extra attention to an acquisition announced today which might end up affecting how your digital library of movies and television operates. Fandango has just entered into an agreement to purchase Vudu from Walmart, which presents a number of interesting possibilities for the future. Let’s break down a few of them.
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Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating System

In recent years, Rotten Tomatoes has become a haven for trolls trying to tear down the audience score for new movies in order to feed into their whacked-out personal agendas. The site has been trying their best to battle it for a little while now, but thankfully, the movie rating aggregator has figured out how to tackle the problem head-on.

Starting today, Rotten Tomatoes will require users to have their movie ticket purchase verified in order to contribute a rating and/or review to the aggregate audience score for a movie. Read More »

Avengers Endgame

Where were you during the Great Ticket Rush of 2019? No, it wasn’t for a concert, nor was it for some once-in-a-lifetime event. It was for the pre-sale tickets of Avengers: Endgame. Fans who waited a year to find out what happened after The Snap were faced with another long wait as websites broke down and digital queues stretched into an hour. But in those first hours, Avengers: Endgame was already breaking records.

The number of Endgame tickets bought in the first six hours shattered Fandango’s pre-sale records, while it only took an hour for the highly anticipated Marvel Studios movie to take the crown at Atom Tickets.

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Shazam early screenings

Warner Bros. and DC found success by releasing Aquaman in theaters one week early for Amazon Prime subscribers, and now the studio is taking it up a notch for its next superhero film. Fandango has teamed up with WB and announced that Shazam early screenings will be taking place on March 23, 2019, in approximately 1,200 theaters across the country. That’s almost a full two weeks before the movie opens in wide release on April 5. Read More »

incredibles 2 advance tickets

Incredibles 2 is flying to the top of the pre-sale charts and shattering the records for animated movie advance tickets. The Pixar sequel is on track to pummel the records of its last reigning champion, Finding Dory, which currently holds the No. 1 spot for most advance tickets sold. But Incredibles 2 appears to be on track to outstrip Finding Dory and become the best-selling pre-sale animated movie ever.

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Atom Tickets app

MoviePass has been dominating the conversation about the theatrical experience for months, but there are a couple other players in the theatrical space who are trying to make some waves of their own. The Atom Tickets app has introduced some new functionality: the ability to pre-purchase concessions online before you arrive at the theater. Meanwhile, Fandango has debuted a robust new rewards program. Free stuff, eh? I’m listening… Read More »

Fandango’s video-on-demand service is the latest digital retailer to join MoviesAnywhere, a digital service that allows users to centralize their movies in one app.

The FandangoNOW MoviesAnywhere partnership marks the fifth digital retailer to throw in with the digital movie-collection service owned by Disney.

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Black Panther Trailer Breakdown 19

All hail the king of advance ticket sales.

Black Panther is proving to be more than just a comic book movie, but a bonafide cultural event. Advance tickets for Ryan Coogler‘s superhero movie starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero went on sale on Monday after a buzzy new TV spot aired during the telecast of the College Football Playoff National Championship. And already, Black Panther has outsold all previous Marvel Cinematic Universe advance ticket sales.

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Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster Acquired By Fandango

Rotten Tomatoes Fandango

Movie ticketing website Fandango has acquired the popular film review website Rotten Tomatoes and ticketing app Flixster. Previous owner Warner Bros. will take an equity position in Fandango and become an ongoing strategic partner.

The move is a smart one for the NBCUniversal-owned Fandango, but it will be interesting to see how or if this will affect Rotten Tomatoes. The site is used by millions of moviegoers to help them determine which movies they should and shouldn’t see. Being owned by a company that is interested in selling tickets, to every movie, might not align with the goals of a consumer advisory site like Rotten Tomatoes. But then again, being owned by a mega movie group like Warner Bros. also seemed like a possible conflict of interest, and Rotten Tomatoes still managed to function rather independently of the entertainment division.

Read the full Rotten Tomatoes Fandango Flixster press release after the jump.

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