Where to find a ‘Hunger Games’ midnight release party

If you’re looking for a midnight release party for this weekend’s long awaited DVD/Blu-ray release of The Hunger Games you’re in luck! Lionsgate has launched the site  hungergamesreleaseparty.com to help you locate parties near you by location and/or retailer.  This is just another great example of how Lionsgate is looking out for us, the fans!

Thanks to The Examiner for the tip!


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Why Hunger Games Fans Love Katniss

Two of our top admins are in this! And it’s also wonderfully put together by Alex Berg of The Daily Beast.

Funny stuff. Well done, Alex!

$155 Million Opening Weekend!

Take that, Twihards! OK, not really. We’re not turning this into a fandom war, but The Hunger Games is — shall we say — a girl on fire.

Paging Caesar Flickerman to say it in his voice with hands raised: “HUNGER GAMES THE MOVIE ON FIRE!”

Look at this report from E! Online:

The Hunger Games

To say The Hunger Games  has caught fire is understatement: The film will gross a historic $155 million in its opening-weekend box-office debut, its studio estimated this morning.

The Friday-Sunday take is the third-biggest in Hollywood history, blowing past the blockbuster hauls of the Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Twilight movies, among others.

And the records keep coming for Katniss Everdeen and company…

The Hunger Games is now the biggest nonsequel opener, and the biggest nonsummer opener.

Its haul was on the very upper end of outsized projections, projections that had been fueled by monster advance-ticket sales.

The film opened at midnight Friday, taking in nearly $20 million from those screenings alone. By the end of its first day, it had collected $68 million, the fifth-biggest single and opening-day grosses ever. On Saturday, it collected another $51 million. Lionsgate was calling for a $36 million Sunday.

Internationally, the film was just as strong, opening No. 1 in nearly every market it played, the studio said, and grossing a combined $59.3 million.

The final tally on The Hunger Games‘ three-day, worldwide haul: $214.3 million.

“To launch this franchise in the way we did is mind-blowing,” studio exec David Spitz said.

The Hunger Games did it all without 3-D, but with some help from IMAX, where it showed on 268 screens domestically (out of 4,137 total), and came away with $10.6 million, the most ever in the format for a 2-D nonsequel.

The Jennifer Lawrence-led movie was driven to its great heights largely by women, with females comprising 61 percent of its weekend audience, per polling data.

Proving its reach beyond the young-adult market  that was targeted by the Suzanne Collins books, more than half of Hunger Games moviegoers, 56 percent, were aged 25 and older.

Another good sign for the franchise-to-be: Audiences who saw the movie liked it—a lot, grading it an A.

The first sequel, Catching Fire, is already in the works, and set for a November 2013 release.

Here’s a complete rundown of the top 10 all-time opening weekends, as compiled per BoxOfficeMojo.com stats:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, $169.2 million
  2. The Dark Knight, $158.4 million
  3. The Hunger Games, $155 million
  4. Spider-Man 3, $151.1 million
  5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $142.8 million
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1, $138.1 million
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, $135.6 million
  8. Iron Man 2, $128.1 million
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, $125 million
  10. Shrek the Third, $121.6 million

See the full article from E! Online HERE!

More Movie Theater Humor

This is great! You have to love when these movie theaters embrace the fan spirit and make little jokes. Why can’t they all do things like this?

This comes courtesy of notheotherone.tumblr.com:

We think they may have meant Arena instead of area at the end, though. We can forgive them.

No Big Deal: Gary Ross Showed Up to a Midnight Premiere

If you needed any further proof that Gary Ross is COMPLETELY AWESOME and the perfect person to direct The Hunger Games, check out this story and video from our friends at Mockingjay.net:

We are SO LUCKY to have the right people involved in this film. THANKS GARY!

P.S. Damn, why couldn’t we be at the Arclight!

Down With the Capitol has Midnight Pictures!

Our great friends from Down With the Capitol have assembled a collection of fan pictures from the midnight premiere!

Here are a couple of good ones:

Browse through them all HERE!

Record breaking midnight for The Hunger Games

We knew The Hunger Games was going to do really well at the box office and now it has been confirmed!  Reports state that the film took in 19.74 million dollars for its midnight showing, putting it in 7th place of all time.  That may not seem like a record breaking spot, but it is once you consider it is the highest grossing non-sequel, it comes in behind the last three Harry Potter and last three Twilight films, so it’s in pretty good company! Check out the report from Box Office Mojo below!

The Hunger Games
 opened to an estimated $19.74 million at midnight, which ranks seventh all-time behind the last three Harry Potter and Twilight movies. It did score the top midnight debut ever for a non-sequel, and it earned more than twice as much as the first Twilight movie ($7 million).

If one is to use the opening pattern of Breaking Dawn Part 1 and New Moon (which also opened outside of the Summer), The Hunger Games would be poised for a three-day take between $90 and $110 million. Since those were sequels, though, it’s probably fair to assume The Hunger Games will at least hold up a little bit better over the next few days.

There’s also a very distant chance that its pattern winds up closer to that of The Dark Knight, which would mean a weekend gross of around $160 million; it’s been nearly four years since that movie came out, though and midnight attendance patterns have changed significantly in that time.

Regardless, The Hunger Games is off to a fantastic start, and it still has a very legitimate shot at passing Alice in Wonderland‘s $116.1 million debut to set a new March and non-sequel opening weekend record.

Top 10 Midnight Openings
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $43.5 million
2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – $30.3 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $30.1 million
4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $26.3 million
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – $24 million
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – $22.2 million
7. The Hunger Games – $19.7 million
8. The Dark Knight – $18.5 million
9. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – $16.5 million
10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $16 million

You can find the original article HERE