Midnight premiere of 'The Hunger Games' draws local crowd

March 23, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • People stand in line to buy tickets to see "The Hunger Games" at Regal Cinemas at Valley Mall on Friday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Hagerstown resident Talor Treece, 12, said she skipped school Friday to see the movie, “The Hunger Games,” at Leitersburg Cinemas with her dad, Ed Treece.

“It has such a good plot to it,” Talor said. “I really wanted to go to the midnight showing.”

The movie, which premiered at midnight Thursday, earned $19.7 million from overnight showings, according to the Associated Press.

Talor said that she is a fan of the books on which the movie is based and is in the process of reading the third book.

“I like how they put a girl as the main character in it,” she said. “Usually guys are the main characters in stories with action.”

The movie, based on the first book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins, is set in a post-apocalyptic world in a nation called Panem, which used to be North America.

Panem is divided into 12 districts surrounding a place called the Capitol, which has control over the nation. Each year, a boy and a girl ages 12 to 18 from each district must compete in a televised battle until there is only one survivor. The competition is  “The Hunger Games.”

In the film, 16-year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her sister, who was selected to compete.

Ed Treece, 42, said he is also a fan of the books.

“The whole sideline plot is interesting,” he said. “It really shows the dangers of big government and oppression.”

He said he could not go to the midnight showing because of work, so they decided to see it Friday afternoon.

“Talor is on Spring break next week, so we just decided to start it early,” he said.

Smithsburg resident Andrew Hays, 20, also went to see the movie at Leitersburg Cinemas Friday afternoon. He said that although he has never read the books, the movie was appealing to him.

“I like the futuristic look of it,” he said. “It shows how society goes up, and then peaks and crashes.”

Area residents were lining up at Regal Cinemas Valley Mall in Hagerstown at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning to get tickets to see a noon showing of the film.

Hagerstown resident Judie Sierra, 35, said she has read all three books and was looking forward to seeing the movie.

“It’s cool to see all the things that (Everdeen) goes through,” she said. “It has a lot of adventure and is really exciting.”

Sierra said she was intrigued by the social issues upon which the books touched.

“They really put people into the different social classes,” she said. “I’m hoping they don’t show a lot of the gore in the movie that was in the books.”

Fairplay resident Judie Coleman, 70, said she went with her grandson to see the movie after learning that he had read all of the books.

“The previews on TV looked really interesting, and it looks like it has a lot of action,” she said. “I’m going to read the books also. We’re readers.”

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