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Hunger Games eyes top slot

As a tsunami of fans headed to midnight screenings of the post-apocalyptic film, online retailer Fandango said it was selling 10 tickets for the movie every second, with 2,500 screenings already sold out.

By Thursday afternoon, the movie was Fandango’s third biggest advance ticket seller of all-time, behind 2009’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon and last year’s series-ending “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

The film represented an overwhelming 96 percent of Fandango’s ticket sales on Thursday, it said, adding that 62 percent of ticket-buyers plan to see the film more than once on the big screen.

Some 89 per cent of fans polled by Fandango said they plan to see the movie on its opening weekend — fueling speculation the movie could vie for a US box office record.


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