'X-Men' online sales strong

'Star Trek' installment also moving advance tickets

Online ticketer MovieTickets says its advance sales on Fox's May 1 opener "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" are outpacing those for 2008's first tentpole release, "Iron Man," by three to one.

Of course, online ticketing continues to grow in popularity, so that alone might largely explain the scope of the pre-release fervor for the "X-Men" spinoff. But then there is this: MovieTickets says Paramount's upcoming "Star Trek" release -- set to unspool a week after "Wolverine" -- has already sold 25% more advance tickets at MovieTickets.com than "X-Men."