Hannah Montana film sets presales record


Walt Disney's Hannah Montana concert film dominated U.S. online movie ticket sales Wednesday, a day ahead of its debut, despite opening in fewer than 1,000 theaters.

The 3-D movie, which features a filmed concert by "Hannah Montana" singer-actress Miley Cyrus, opens Thursday at midnight in 684 digital 3-D theaters, a Disney spokeswoman said.

Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com, the top online ticket sellers, said "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" accounted for more than three-quarters of their ticket sales as of Wednesday morning.

Fandango.com said "Hannah Montana" was the site's best-selling concert film ever, selling out more than 1,000 showings and accounting for 91% of sales as of Wednesday morning.

MovieTickets.com reports that the film ranked eighth on its all-time presale list and was tracking at nearly 9% of sales on Wednesday.

The Hannah Montana character, which originated on a Disney Channel television series of the same name, has proved phenomenally popular with "tween" girls who have turned out in droves to see Miley Cyrus and her father and co-star, Billy Ray Cyrus, perform in concert.