The Hunger Games as we reported earlier in the week is working to be one of the biggest movie franchises of all time having just sold more tickets in its first day then The Twilight Saga Eclipse.
It has been speculated that it will be worth upwards of $1billion making it one of the biggest movies for Lionsgate. The Hunger Games is a massive coup for Lionsgate because not only will they be getting a monster hit movie they have scored a franchise on par with Twilight that they can use to milk money from fans for the next four to five years.
From movies to merchandising The Hunger Games is going to make its author and Lionsgate a ton of money. It is no wonder Lionsgate’s shares are trading at double their normal value.
Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today that advance ticketing records were set by Lionsgate’s upcoming thriller, “The Hunger Games”, which has already sold out hundreds of showtimes in advance of the film’s March 23 release date. Even though the film doesn’t open for another month, the first-day ticket sales on Wednesday, February 22 broke the previous first day advance ticket-seller record held by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on Friday, May 14, 2010.
“‘The Hunger Games’ is off to a fantastic start,” says Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. “Yesterday we saw the biggest first day advance ticketing sales in our company’s nearly 12-year history – which is especially impressive for a March release and a non-sequel.”
Theater owners are continuing to add new showtimes, while fans are scooping up advance tickets at Fandango