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Transformers fans flock to midnight screenings

Thousands of movie buffs crowded Shanghai cinemas for a chance to enjoy the debut of Hollywood blockbuster "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" at midnight last night.

The sci-fi movie is released on the Chinese mainland from today, three weeks later than its screening in North America.

At the Peace Cinema, one of the few cinemas with IMAX screens in the city, Transformers fans lined up for tickets from 11pm yesterday. Tickets for the premiere were snapped up within minutes, Shanghai TV news reported.

The Shanghai Film Art Center saw movie goers fill up more than 60 percent of seats in its largest auditorium, with a capacity of 1,000 seats, for the midnight premiere. It is the auditorium's highest attendance record since the cinema opened in 1991.

As the latest work by Hollywood director Michael Bay, the movie is the third installment in the series after "Transformers" in 2007 and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" in 2009.

In the latest movie, the plot reveals how Transformerism was hushed up in the 1960s and it focuses on the delicate and touching emotion between the Autobots and human beings.


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