Some theaters in the D.C. area are devoting multiple screens to “The Hunger Games” when it opens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and some of those showings are already sold out.
Nationwide, advance ticket sales for the movie have broken records. Online movie ticket sales company Fandango reported Tuesday that more than 2,000 showings nationwide are sold out. Pre-sales are bigger than that of the first “Twilight” film.
The official movie trailer on YouTube has gotten more than 8.3 million views (see it at right).
Movie studio executives are predicting the movie could rake in upwards of $85 million in its first weekend, The Huffington Post reported.
Here in Northern Virginia as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday:
- Phoenix Worldgate 9 (Herndon): Tickets are available for the midnight showing at Phoenix. There are also 10 showings Friday starting at 11:30 a.m.
- Bow Tie Cinemas (Reston): Tickets are still available for the midnight showing at Bow Tie in Reston Town Center. There will be eight showings on Friday beginning at 11 a.m.
- Regal Countryside (Sterling): Countryside will have four theaters show the film at midnight. Three are sold out, while one still has tickets available.
- AMC Tysons Corner 16: Tickets are still available for all eight midnight showings plus a 3 a.m. showing, the enhanced showing and the two IMAX experience showings.
The movie, based on books by Suzanne Collins, is about teenagers in a post-apocalyptic world who are forced to fight to the death for the entertainment of the ruling class.
Patch will have a review of “The Hunger Games” Thursday and will cover opening-night activities.