I will go ahead and admit it, I bought tickets to The Hunger Games midnight showing on March 23rd. I am so excited for this film and apparently I am not alone. Many theaters sold out within hours of the preorder sale hitting the web. Many online ticket retailers began selling tickets for the upcoming film on February 22, almost a month before the movie is set to hit theaters.
Fandango, one of the worlds leading movie ticket sites, announced that the advance ticketing records were set by the big screen adaptation and that the film has already sold out hundreds of showtimes in advance of the film’s March 23 release date.
Even more stunning was that (as we have predicted would happen at this site) tickets for The Hunger Games preorder tickets broke the previous first day advance ticket-seller record held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on Friday, May 14, 2010. We all kind of knew this was going to be a huge movie, but it definitely looks like it will be the next huge trilogy to grace the silver screen.
“‘The Hunger Games’ is off to a fantastic start,” says Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. “Yesterday we saw the biggest first day advance ticketing sales in our company’s nearly 12-year history – which is especially impressive for a March release and a non-sequel.”
Many theaters are continuing to add new showtimes as a way to please fans and accommodate the demand for opening weekend tickets.
It definitely looks like Lionsgate made the right choice picking up The Hunger Games trilogy. These movies are going to be huge and with three more movies to follow, you can safely say it is going to be dominating the movie franchise world for a while.
The Hunger Games is the movie adaptation of the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins. It is followed by the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
The plot for the film is as follows:
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the governing body, the Capitol, of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Katniss Everdeen volunteers as a tribute to save her sister from going in to the ghastly arena. She is joined by Peeta Mellark, a boy she knew who once saved her life.
You can see the official cast below:
- Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
- Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
- Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
- Willow Shields as Primrose “Prim” Everdeen
- Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
- Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
- Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
- Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen
- Amandla Stenberg as Rue
- Alexander Ludwig as Cato
- Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh
- Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove
- Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface
- Leven Rambin as Glimmer
- Jack Quaid as Marvel
- Donald Sutherland as President Snow
- Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
- Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane
- Latarsha Rose as Portia
You can see the two official television trailers for the film below: