Random Factoid #426

27 09 2010

I just had a random thought hit me, and thus, it proved to be nice fodder for random factoid discussion.

Remember back when movies used to have “premiere previews” on the day before they opened between 7:00 and 10:00 P.M.?  Because midnight apparently wasn’t good enough for them.  The first movie I remember definitively doing this was “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” although there might have been some for “Poseidon” early that summer.  The trend ran mainly from 2006 to 2009, and some of the movie that previewed early were “Transformers,” “Iron Man,” and “Star Trek.”

(There were some earlier movies that used the model too, such as “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”)

So why did they die out?  I honestly have no idea why.  Anybody have any ideas why we have to wait until 12:01 A.M. now?

Random Factoid #17

14 08 2009

I have only been to one midnight showing of a movie.  That was “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the highest grossing midnight showing ever.  It was set up to be a perfect night: an advanced screening of “(500) Days of Summer” at 7:30 and “Harry Potter” at midnight.  But unfortunately, getting to the theater an hour early was not enough to get into the advanced screening.  So my friend and I just kind of hung around, but around 9:00, I could feel my eyes starting to close.  I dashed to Kroger and stocked up on Emergen-C and Diet Coke, and I lasted until 3:30 A.M. when I climbed into my bed.