Fans were starving for a first glimpse of “The Hunger Games” on Friday at Starmount Cinema in Jonesville.
“I’m ecstatic to finally see the movie. I read the books when I was in middle school,” said Elkin High School 10th grader Courtney Beals. “I’m most excited about seeing Peeta and Gail.”
The film is based off a series of books by Suzanne Collins. The plot follows the main character Katiness Everdeen in post-apocalyptic North America, which has been divided into 12 districts.
Every year, the Capitol of all the districts holds The Hunger Games, which is where young men and women from each district are picked by lottery to compete in a battle where only one person lives.
The lead character, Katiness, volunteers when her sister is chosen.
Katiness lives in District 12, which is based in Appalachia. Scenes from the, film including District 12, the black market, the selection and the family goodbye were filmed last summer in Shelby, N.C., according to The Shelby Star.
“Hunger Games” premiered in theaters at midnight on Friday, March 23, but not as many fans showed up as Starmount Cinema Manager Josh Beaman expected.
“We sold 119 tickets for the midnight showing,” Beaman said. “It was a lot less than I expected, because we have been hearing a buzz about the movie all year.”
However, on Friday and Saturday, 1,467 “Hunger Games” tickets were sold, said Manager Kelly Trivette: 678 on Friday and 789 on Saturday.
“So far, everyone has been saying wonderful things about the movie,” Trivette said. “I talked to one man who was about to see the movie for the second time.”
The next “Hunger Games” movie, “Catching Fire” is slated to be released in November, according to the Internet Movie Database.
For more information about when “Hunger Games” is showing at Starmount Cinema, call the movie line at 526-3456.
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