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 9 a.m. Wednesday:
- Kingstowne Regal 16: One showing is already sold out, but four others still have seats.
- 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.
- AMC 22 Hoffman Center (Eisenhower Ave.) in Alexandria: Tickets are still available for all nine midnight showings, plus tickets are available for the IMAX experience showing.
- Regal Potomac Yard Stadium 16 in Alexandria: One of three showings is sold out.
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.