THE biggest day on the movie calendar had people lining up for tickets at Ballarat’s Regent Cinema yesterday to see the latest releases.
Regent Cinemas manager Stewart Moors said almost 3500 people turned out to see the new flicks, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Philomena, The Railway Man, Frozen and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
“We’ve sold about 3400 admissions throughout the day and we also have some sessions tonight,” Mr Moors said.
“The Hobbit, by far, has outsold everything else today, followed by Anchorman 2.”
“Frozen, the new Disney movie, was the most popular kids’ movie.”
Dozens of families left Regent Cinema grinning after the first viewing of the Disney computer-animated epic ended at midday.
Rebecca Coleman took her niece Ella Kingsley out for a day trip to be one of the first to see Frozen.
“I thought it was going to be absolutely flat-out, but I was glad it wasn’t too bad,” she said.
Josh and Kelly Sullivan also took their young family to see Frozen.
Josh said that, like any Disney movie, Frozen could be enjoyed from an adult’s and child’s perspective.
“There was still adult humour so it was still great to go and see,” he said.
Mr Moors said on a busy week, the cinema could have 15,000 to 16,000 admissions.
“It will be a big week,” he said.