- Posted: 3:01 PM, March 18, 2012
The film adaptation of the best-selling novel is selling more advance tickets on Fandango than the first "Twilight" movie did in 2008, when it was released by Summit Entertainment, which is being acquired by Lionsgate.
"The Hunger Games" has also already racked up 1,700 sold-out screenings, according to Fandango and MovieTickets.com, E! Online reports. Nearly half of MovieTickets.com's sales were for midnight shows Friday, when the movie's set to be released.
Lionsgate's presumptive blockbuster is expected to earn $100 million its first weekend in theaters, which would surpass the opening-weekend tallies for the first "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" installments and be the biggest movie debut of the year.
Unfortunately, a $100 million debut would only give "The Hunger Games" the 20th-biggest opening weekend of all time, above "Iron Man."
But, for a movie that reportedly only cost $75 million to make and $45 million to market, it's an impressive haul that should help "The Hunger Games" break even shortly after it hits theaters.