'Hunger Games' fans devour film's world premiere
Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the world premiere of "The Hunger Games" on Monday March 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to predicting the big-screen success of "The Hunger Games," the fans have spoken. Actually, make that cheered.
Hundreds of fans who won tickets to Monday's world premiere cheered for hours before any stars arrived, screamed when they did and kept the applause going right through the film.
"I thought it was amazing," said Ruzena Zatko, 28, a fan of "The Hunger Games" books who drove from Las Vegas and spent two nights' camped out in front of the Nokia Theatre to win passes. "He stayed true to the book."
From left, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth arrive at the world premiere of "The Hunger Games" on Monday March 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Based on the best-seller by Suzanne Collins, "The Hunger Games" stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as teens fighting for survival in a government-controlled world that hosts annual televised games in which youths are forced to kill their opponents. It opens in U.S. theaters March 23.
Fans Ariel Pemberton and Amanda Shultz loved the book so much they doubted the film could match it, but they came away impressed.
Pemberton said it was "way more emotional" than the book, while Shultz enjoyed seeing Collins' post-apocalyptic world come to life: "We all had different ideas what it looked like, so to see it was so cool."
Alexander Ludwig arrives at the world premiere of "The Hunger Games" on Monday March 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Box-office prognosticators say anticipation for "The Hunger Games" matches and may even surpass that for the "Twilight" movies. (The last "Twilight" film is due in the fall.) They predict "The Hunger Games" could bring in more than $100 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend.