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Oscar Noms Boost Avatar Ticket Sales

Published February 3, 2010 in Box Office
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox, PR Newswire
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Typically when the Academy releases the Oscar nominations, especially for Best Picture, those select films see nice boost in ticket sales. I mean, why watch the show if you haven't seen the films that its rewarding? With ten best pictures this year, there are bound to be a few films that each person out there has missed. One film that I would have to assume that everybody has seen, however, is Avatar. Which is why I'm surprised that this film is seeing the biggest boost of ticket sales on Fandango with a 45% increase. Whoa!

Avatar Noms Mean More Tickets

Avatar's nine Academy Award nominations may have created an increased demand for tickets on Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination. Avatar, already the site's top ticket-seller in company history, saw daily sales increase by 45% shortly after the Oscar nominations were announced this morning.

Moviegoers appear to be pleased with the concept of the Academy's new and expanded Best Picture category, which recognized such popular hits as Avatar, The Blind Side, Up and District 9, among others. In an online poll on Fandango, 83% of moviegoers say they like the fact that the category now includes 10 nominees.

In a separate survey posted on Fandango today, fans picked the movies they would have liked to have seen nominated in this year's expanded category.

Among today's Best Picture snubs, the contenders that moviegoers missed the most were:

1. Invictus (29%)

2. (500) Days of Summer (17%)

3. Star Trek (14%)

4. The Hangover (9%)

5. The Road (6%)

I agree. I would have LOVED to see Star Trek or (500) Days of Summer on there.

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