“New Moon,” which opens next Thursday, has already passed “Twilight” as the fourth highest advanced ticket selling movie in Fandango’s 10-year history and is on pace to be No. 1, the ticket agency reported.

The new vampire flick represents 75 percent of the site’s ticket sales right now.

“Ever since we started selling advance tickets to New Moon on August 31, the demand has been unstoppable, as the fan base just keeps growing every day,” said Fandango Chief Operating Officer Rick Butler. “New Moon is tracking to be Fandango’s #1 top advance ticket-seller of all time.”

The Top 5 Advance Ticket-Sellers on Fandango (as of November 12, 2009) are as follows:

  1. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  3. The Dark Knight (2008)
  4. New Moon (2009)
  5. Twilight (2008)

According to a Fandango survey of more than 2,000 New Moon ticket-buyers, the first Twilight movie helped fuel the fan frenzy that has carried over to the other installments in the series:

  • 55 percent said the first Twilight movie inspired them to read all the books by Stephenie Meyer.
  • 51 percent plan to see New Moon more than once in the theater.
  • 61 percent said they have read the novel New Moon more than once.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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