'Hunger Games' Beats 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' in First-Day Advance Sales
"The Hunger Games" has just, well, eclipsed "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."
The upcoming Lionsgate thriller has surpassed the third installment in the hugely successful "Twilight" movie series in first-day ticket sales, surpassing the record set by 2010's "Eclipse" on movie-ticket site Fandango.com.
Also read: "Hunger Games" Onslaught Begins With Advance Ticket Sales and Mall Tour
It remains to be seen whether the movie, which is based on Suzanne Collins' series of young-adult novels, can sustain the momentum, but as of now "The Hunger Games" has posted the highest first-day advance sales in Fandango's 12-year history.
Also read: Simon Beaufoy Working on Script for "Hunger Games" Sequel
Advance tickets for "Hunger Games," which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, went on sale Wednesday at Fandango and MovieTickets.com. The film is still a month from its March 23 release date.
According to Fandango, "The Hunger Games" has already sold out "hundreds of showtimes."
"'The Hunger Games’ is off to a fantastic start,” Fandango's executive vice president and general manager Rick Butler said in a statement, deeming the movie's performance "especially impressive for a March release and a non-sequel.”
Unlike "Eclipse," "The Hunger Games" does not have the benefit of a popular predecessor. It is competing against advance ticket sales for "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" and "Act of Valor."
MovieTickets.com has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for information on advance ticket sales of "The Hunger Games."
Related Articles: 'Hunger Games' Sequel Set for 2013 Release 'Hunger Games' Gobbles Up Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones
- Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight |
- West agrees wider Russia sanctions as Kiev says forces near crash site |
- U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks
- Judge gives go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA's Clippers |
- Jaded Argentines brace for looming debt default