High School Musical stars attend UK premiere
Story by Jack Foley
HUNDREDS of screaming fans greeted the stars of High School Musical 3: Senior Year when it received its UK premiere in Leicester Square on Tuesday night (October 7, 2008).
Teen heart-throbs Zac Efron and Corbin Bleu were joined by Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale, as well as dancers and basketball players, at the red carpet event.
The film, which is released in UK cinemas on 22 October, is the first to be released into cinemas and follows the pressures of being in the final year of high school before going off to college.
Fans are promised the sight of two leading characters kissing for the first time in the film’s series, as well as the sight of Efron with his shirt off.
Anticipation among fans is so high for the film’s release that cinemas announced earlier this week that they have taken record advance bookings for the Disney film.
With three weeks still to go before its release, more than £500,000 worth of tickets have been booked in advance, according to distributor Walt Disney Pictures.
Odeon, the UK’s largest cinema chain, said it had sold £245,205 in advance tickets, beating the record set by Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire.
Rupert Gavin, chief executive of the Odeon chain, told the BBC earlier this week: “Our cinemas have been inundated with calls to pre-book tickets for what could be the year’s biggest kids and teen audience movie.
“With schools breaking up for half-term just as High School Musical 3 opens, we are bracing ourselves for a huge first week run,” he added.
The original High School Musical was initially a TV movie that took America by storm when it appeared on The Disney Channel in January 2006. It spawned a similarly record-breaking sequel, which shattered cable TV records last summer, and paved the way for the cinematic release of the third film.
Needless to say, work has already begun on High School Musical 4.