‘Hunger Games’ posts record-setting opening weekend figures

Crowds in Logan did their share in making “The Hunger Games” midnight opening the largest in history for a non-sequel movie. University Stadium 6 had six movie theaters for the midnight showing Thursday, and they were all sold out in advance. Jared Rounds, manager, said moviegoers started lining up as early as 11:30 a.m. Thursday. By the time theater doors opened at 8 p.m., the lines almost completely encircled the building. The anticipated movie, based on the first book in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins, is said to have brought in more than $155 million its first weekend in theaters. Mo Baldwin has read the trilogy five times and came prepared for the midnight premiere in clothes fit for the battlefields of the Hunger Games. The die-hard midnight movie fan has also seen Harry Potter, Star Wars and other films on their opening night. This kind of fandom is common for midnight showings, notorious for interactive audiences clad in costumes. Angel Chong showed up for the Hunger Games midnight premier looking like she walked straight out of the Capitol, her hair and dress colorful and unique. Chong, like Baldwin, frequently attends midnight showings for the atmosphere. “The whole audience is excited,” she said. “They’re all laughing, they’re clapping, everybody’s screaming.” Lauren McDonough, who also dressed up for Thursday night’s show, said she was hoping the movie’s violence was going to be tastefully done, and Luke Andreasen agreed. “I’ve seen lots of PG-13 movies and I’ve never thought, ‘Man, I wish that was more violent,”” Andreasen said. As with any book made into a movie, fans had hopes and worries for the film. McDonough was hoping important plot points would not be overlooked in the movie, while Andreasen said he wanted the film to give battle and character details where the book’s details might have been limited. Chong said, “I know when they announced who Katniss is going to be, everybody was upset. They said she’s blonde, she’s big, she’s not this ideal Katniss. When they dyed her hair, and they found out she knew how to skin a squirrel already, and just all these different things, they realized oh, wow, she’s perfect for this role. I think when you go into movies that are made from books, you have to go in with an open mind, because it’s a different interpretation.” – rachel@cvdaily.com

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