'New Moon' tickets already available

'Twilight' sequel opens in mid-November

Fans of the vampire-romance series "Twilight" already can secure movie tickets for the earliest performances of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" more than two months before Summit Entertainment unpools the sequel.

Carmike Cinemas is offering tickets to midnight Nov. 19 performances of "New Moon" at select theaters through Fandango. The Columbus, Ga.-based exhibitor -- which operates 247 theaters in small and midsize markets nationwide -- will offer "New Moon" tickets at 63 theaters listed on the online ticketer's Web site.

A Fandango spokesman said it was too early to track ticket sales from the initiative.

The unusually early offer of "New Moon" tickets follows AMC Entertainment's move to offer tickets to midnight performances of Jim Cameron's highly anticipated sci-fi action pic "Avatar" from Fox a full four months before its Dec. 18 bow. Generally, advanced ticketing begins no earlier than about six weeks before a film's opening.

Fandango and MovieTickets report substantial interest in "Avatar" tickets, though neither online ticketer has specified the level of sales.

A MovieTickets spokesman called sales "healthy," with at least some "Avatar" business trickling in on a daily basis.

"New Moon" topped Fandango's latest weekly survey of most-anticipated movies. Some 39% of visitors to its site said they were most looking forward to seeing over the balance of the year, with 23% mentioning "Avatar" and 16% Roland Emmerich's sci-fi actioner "2012" from Fox.

Bigger markets featured in the early "New Moon" ticketing include Carmike theaters in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Winston-Salem, N.C., and Des Moines, Iowa.