'Hunger Games' Anticipation Edges Out 'Star Wars' In Record-Breaking Report

According to the results from the Piedmont Media Research company's latest polling, the next installments in the "Hunger Games" and "Star Wars" franchises are among the most anticipated movies in recent history. The findings, as reported by Variety, come from the consumer tracking company's polling of 3,000 individuals representative of the larger moviegoing audience. Both "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" scored in the top three highest ratings in the five years Piedmont has been conducting these polls.

Among the 3,000 people polled, the final "Hunger Games" film earned the highest rating in Piedmont history. The company measures consumer engagement on a scale from zero to 1,000, and "Mockingjay - Part 2" earned a 514. This beat the previous record holder, "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which scored a 509.

Of course, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ain't no slouch either. The film scored the third biggest rating ever with a 495. When you parse the numbers differently, "Episode VII" had the best score ever among men (553) and a solid score with women (383).

“Those are huge numbers,” said Joshua Lynn, president of Piedmont Media Research. “Every demographic is showing up for this.”

While those two movies are the titans of summer, a few high-profile films didn't score so well on the Piedmont scale. "Pan" got a 205, "Steve Jobs" got a 162 and "Jem and the Holograms" earned a -- wait for it -- 127.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" opens on November 20; "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits theaters on December 18.

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