'Twilight' sequel presales brisk

Online ticketers report several sellouts for Nov. 20 release

This "New Moon" is rising early.

Advance tickets sales for Summit Entertainment's sequel vampire romance "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" are going so well that online tickers are starting to report sellouts of the earliest showtimes at many locations.

Nine weeks prior to the film's Nov. 20 release, MovieTickets is reporting more than a dozen "New Moon" performances as complete sellouts.

A Fandango spokesman said "New Moon" represents 57% of its recent ticket sales, with sellouts at 50 locations. By comparison, the coming weekend's anticipated No. 1 pic -- Sony's 3D animated feature "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" -- is the next most popular choice of purchasers at 9% of all Fandango sales.

Also this week, MovieTickets asked visitors to its Web site which holiday release they are most anticipating. A total 67% of respondents said Fox's 3D sci-fi actioner "Avatar," which unspools Dec. 18 but also has been selling tickets to its earliest showtimes; 33% said "New Moon."
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