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“The Hunger Games” is a big hit here as well as nationwide

“The Hunger Games” not only proved to be a big hit at the Zebulon over the weekend, but also nationwide.
The film opened last Thursday night at midnight at 4,137 theaters including the Zebulon. According to Mary Beth Rudd, a Zebulon volunteer, 60 tickets were sold for the midnight showing here, which she says was a “good turnout for us.”
“The Hunger Games,” directed by Gary Ross and rated PG-13, stars Jennifer Lawrence as a 16-year-old who is forced to battle other children to the death for a futuristic society’s televised amusement.
Lionsgate and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force Productions adapted the movie from Suzanne Collin’s best-selling novel of the same title.
According to news reports, three more films based on the remaining two books in Ms. Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy are planned.
A total of nine screenings of the hit film were shown at the Zebulon over the weekend and a total of 426 people purchased tickets.
“That is a phenomenal weekend for us! We’re hoping to keep the momentum through this week and the weekend,” Mrs. Rudd said.
According to the Zebulon official, the local theater grossed $3,242 in ticket and snack bar sales this past weekend.
The nationwide take was $155 million, according to news reports, which could make it one of the biggest film franchises of this decade.
Showtimes for “The Hunger Games” at the Zebulon this week are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. The film can also be seen next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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