Industry ueber-guru Nikki Finke‘s DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD today reports astounding early tracking (awareness) numbers for THE HUNGER GAMES which is set to open on March 23.
"Numbers every film studio can only dream about," Finke adds.
One study is guestimating that the film – based on Suzanne Collins best selling books – will open north of $70 million—and that’s just for the domestic opening weekend!
If those predictions hold it would make THE HUNGER GAMES bigger than the TWILIGHT debut.
THE HUNGER GAMES, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson was recently screened for the book’s author.
Now here’s Suzanne Collins take for her millions of fans on the big screen adaptation:
"I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of THE HUNGER GAMES. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another.
The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.
"Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.
"And, my God, the actors. The cast, let by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutyely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.
"So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams of Color Force, Larger Than Life and Lionsgate.
"I hope you enjoy the film!"
Can’t get a better endorsement than that from the story’s creator. And it’s all just three weeks away.