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'The Hunger Games' Beats 'Twilight' in First-Day Ticket Sales

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood February 24, 2012 at 3:43PM

Now that Lionsgate, which made "The Hunger Games," and Summit, which made the "Twilight" movies, are one and the same company, both camps can root for the success of the next young adult book-to-movie franchise in a position to replace "Twilight," the post-apocalyptic "Hunger Games."
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The Hunger Games

Now that Lionsgate, which made "The Hunger Games," and Summit, which made the "Twilight" movies, are one and the same company, both camps can root for the success of the next young adult book-to-movie franchise in a position to replace "Twilight," the post-apocalyptic "Hunger Games." It's looking like "Hunger Games" might even do better, as the picture  just outsold "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" for first day advance ticket sales, proving that for early bucks all you need is a YA crowd obsessed with your teen fantasy universe.

The "Twilight" installment had previously held the number one spot for first day ticket sales on Fandango until Friday morning.  This is a concrete sign that "The Hunger Games" might outshine the hype and profit surrounding the vampire flicks.

"You hear that?" writes Movieline, "It's the sound of Lionsgate execs exhaling a month ahead."

"The Hunger Games," based on Suzanne Collins' book series and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, premieres March 23. Here's the trailer.

This article is related to: Franchises, Box Office, Box Office, Twilight


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.