By MCN Editor editor@moviecitynews.com

MovieTickets.com Stats On HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2

MovieTickets.com, the leading global provider of remote movie ticketing, has seen incredible trends in advance ticketing for the upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  The increase in sales is not only apparent when compared with past films in the Harry Potter franchise but also when compared to large releases this year.  Stats for US ticket sales showing this success follow below:

When compared with other releases this year including the recent release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:

o    Pre-sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are already greater than ALL ticket sales for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (5/20/2011) to date.

o    MovieTickets.com has already sold more tickets for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 than any other movie released in 2011.

o    Pre-sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are 648% higher than for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (5/20/2011) on Tuesday prior to the Friday opening.

When compared with other films in the Harry Potter film franchise:

o    Pre-sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are 38% higher than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (11/19/2010) three days prior to opening.

o    Pre-sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are 261% higher than Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7/15/09) three days prior to opening.

o    Pre-sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are 474% higher than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (7/11/07) three days prior to opening.

o    Pre-sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are 294% higher than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (11/18/05) through the Tuesday prior to the opening

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