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With only a month to go before New Moon is going to be released, fans are now scrambling to online movie ticket sellers such as Fandango, Movie Tickets and Movie Fone to purchase their tickets for the midnight release fo the film. But in a new survey conducted by Fandango, results have indicated that the Twilight fandom has expanded a year after the release of the first film.
“Obviously, ‘Twilight’ had a huge following of book readers before the first movie was released,” said Harry Medved, a spokesperson for Fandango, sharing the results of the movie-ticketing site’s online survey exclusively with MTV News. “But these results might indicate that the first movie broadened the ‘Twilight’ following and expanded its audience — and that many moviegoers started reading the books after seeing the movie.”
Of the 2,500 New Moon ticket buyers surveyed, an astounding 96 has read the novel – and 94 percent has read the entire series. But an incredible 68 percent of the tivket buyers were no aware of the Twilight franchise until the first film was released last year.
Fans also softened for New Moon director Chris Weitz, who replaced Catherine Hardwicke after the first film. The main draw – The action sequences. Many agree that Chris would do a better job in the action sequences as well as the CGI part of the film. 93 percent of all buyers had watched the “New Moon” trailers online, with 77 percent saying the action scenes were a main draw and 98 percent (!) saying the action glimpsed in “New Moon” looked better than “Twilight.”
“This is a real turnaround story for Chris Weitz,” Medved marveled. “Some avid ‘Twilight’ fans were skeptical when a man was hired to direct ‘New Moon,’ but ever since his presentation at this year’s Comic-Con, the fans have been on his side, and they believe he can do justice to the story.”
“The action appears to be a big draw for ‘New Moon,’ ” Medved added, saying he expects more boyfriends and husbands to come along to the theater this year. “It may help expand its audience so that it’s the ultimate date-night movie.”