If you’re looking forward to Gary Ross’ adaptation of the first novel in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, you’re definitely not alone. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Fandango has sold out nearly 2,000 screens more than two days ahead of the film’s release. The Hunger Games accounts for 92 percent of the company’s daily sales, beating out Twilight‘s pre-release numbers.
Estimates for the weekend gross range anywhere from $85 million to $140 million. For comparison, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 raked in $138.1 million in its first weekend.
The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where teenagers chosen to compete to the death in a giant outdoor arena controlled by the government. The star of the story is a 16-year old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who falls for fellow combatant — or tribute, as the books refer to them — Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). The film opens Friday.
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