Fans are so hungry for The Hunger Games that ticket windows are buzzing about an opening weekend to rival the $140 million debuts of the Twilight movies. Early tracking pegged the movie at only about half the amount.
But box office forecasters have revised their predictions upwards, based on audience awareness and advance ticket sales. The film opens worldwide today. Hollywood-.com box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian says, “The Hunger Games could approach the $130 million to $140 million level achieved by two of the Twilight films.” The Hunger Games may have an edge, too. Female fans drive Twilight, while The Hunger Games has strong interest from both sexes.
“Given that this is the first installment, there’s no precedent for what this movie could do. We don’t have a track record for The Hunger Games,” says Dergarabedian, adding, “Since it appeals to all types of audience, it could exceed our strongest expectations... Everybody’s speculating.”