86% of millennials in Fandango poll plan to see two holiday movies

Cinemas News

Fandango polled more than 1,500 millennial moviegoers (ages 18-34) over the past month, asking them about their moviegoing habits, plans for the holidays, and amenities they enjoy most at the cinema.

The Fandango digital network reaches a growing audience of 22 million millennial consumers per month, according to comScore, with the 18 to 34-year-old group making up 41% of Fandango's total digital audience.

"Millennials are a key audience for the entire movie industry and at Fandango we continue to innovate our mobile and social movie discovery, ticketing and digital payment offerings to help drive more millennials into theatres," says Adam Rockmore, Fandango senior VP and head of marketing and communications.  

According to Fandango's survey, 78% of millennials said they send individual or group text messages to friends when making their moviegoing plans. Over the past year, Fandango has launched a number of ticketing innovations with Apple and Facebook that enable moviegoers to discover movies, access showtimes and buy tickets with their friends, without leaving their messaging app or social network. The company also offers digital payment platforms, including Apple Pay, Android Pay, PayPal, Visa Checkout and Mastercard's Masterpass Digital Wallet. Fandango's PayPal split pay makes it even easier to split the bill for tickets with multiple friends.

Regarding millennial moviegoing plans this holiday season, 86% of millennials say they plan to see at least two movies on the big screen, while 34% plan to see four or more movies. Of the big studio films debuting in theatres the rest of this month, the top five picks are:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Pitch Perfect 3

The Greatest Showman


Millennials' top five picks for current indie movies are:

The Shape of Water

The Disaster Artist     

Lady Bird

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I, Tonya

Fandango's survey also asked millennials about their holiday moviegoing habits, how they purchase tickets and their favorite theatre amenities.

When asked about their moviegoing habits:

•    44% of millennials say they are most likely to see a new movie on opening night or weekend, and 29% will go within the first week of release.

•    58% say they purchase advance tickets online or through an app.

•    50% say reserved seating is the main reason for buying tickets in advance.

•    75% say VIP or Rewards program perks is the added benefit they enjoy most when buying their tickets in advance.

•    When making moviegoing plans with friends, 78% of millennials say they send individual or group text messages, 4% call on the phone, while 1% use e-mail.

Millennials also weighed in on the top theatre amenities that appeal to them: 65% say reclining seats and 56% identify premium large screen formats and immersive sound. When asked about their single favorite thing to purchase at the movie theatre, 63% say popcorn, 18% say candy and 11% say meals.