Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 3:24 PM
Massive crowds gathered at last night’s Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games, proving the film’s success may be inevitable regardless if it’s any good or not.
Hundreds of fans lined up for the chance at tickets to see the first of a three-film series, based on Suzanne Collin’s blockbuster young-adult novels about a deadly contest in a post-apocalyptic world.
Some camped out two days in advance to proclaim allegiance to Team Peeta or Team Gale, the two suitors of Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss, played by Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Fan enthusiasm has led to speculation that the film will easily top $200 million in ticket sales, and be a huge hit for producer Lionsgate, possibly even rivaling the juggernaut Twilight franchise, which releases its last film later this year.
If only Edgar Rice Burroughs had written a love triangle between an innocent young lady and two smoldering hunks into his John Carter of Mars books 100 years ago, perhaps that film wouldn’t have been such a flop.