Anticipation builds for 'Transformers 2'

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

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A player aims a "nerf dart" gun at a Transformer figure at BotCon 2009, the official Transformers convention marking the 25th anniversary of the phenomenon, held last month in Pasadena, Calif. (Reed Saxon/AP)

megan fox/shia labeoufAs of 1 p.m. today, is reporting over 350 sold-out performances nationwide for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” including 115 midnight performances. Additionally, the BIG film of next week accounts for 41 percent of tickets sold at this week. Fandango is reporting a similar surge in sales for the second "Transformers" film from Michael Bay, with returning stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.

There are a lot of people hoping "Transformers 2" will kick-start summer in a way that "X-Men: Wolverine" and even the well-received "Star Trek" did not. IMAX has booked its screens for the toy-to-movie franchise, which means that the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" can open in IMAX on only 2 screens in LA and New York and then has to wait for "Transformers 2" to finish its run. reports that IMAX opted for the big 'bots ahead of "Harry Potter," which was originally scheduled to open Thanksgiving 2008. Now the boy wizard has to wait for his turn on the BIG big screen.

I have to admit, I'm excited for both films but IMAX holds no allure -- I have motion sickness, and IMAX only ramps up the nausea. I can't watch without Dramamine. 

I'm in the minority, though, according to an ongoing Fandango survey of moviegoers planning to see "Transformers 2":

  • 81% of respondents say Megan Fox is the one star they’re most excited to see in the new movie.
  • 76% say they are fans of director Michael Bay.
  • 72% say the IMAX presentation of "Transformers 2" will be an important part of their moviegoing experience.
  • 71% of respondents are 18-34 years old; 68% are male.


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