‘Hunger Games’ premiere draws big crowds

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Hundreds of people saw “The Hunger Games” for the first time during the movie’s premiere at 12 a.m. Friday in High Point.

Fans of the book filled the Palladium while many dads waited outside for their daughters to finish their cinema fix.

"We'll see how she handles it getting up in a few hours to go to school… but I think it’s great,” said Kevin Kinley, whose daughter went to the movie’s opening. “I think she was excited.”

The movie is based on the book by Suzanne Collins and revolves around 16-year-old Katniss whose young sister Prim is selected to compete in a brutal game in the not-too-distant-future.

Some are saying it may be the most talked about movie this year. It was also filmed entirely in North Carolina.

FOX8’s Cindy Farmer and Shannon Smith attended the premiere and talked to fans after the first showing during the early morning hours.

Fans said it did not disappoint. Some even came to the theatre dressed up like characters.

"Definitely the book is always going to be higher but it definitely made an impression. It definitely was very good,” said one fan.

"I liked it,” said another. “If I didn't read the book and saw the movie I would definitely be like that was a really good movie I think I am going to buy it on DVD."

Intrade.com predicts the movie will gross more than $120 million during its opening weekend.

Both Cindy and Shannon gave the movie 10/10 and said they can’t wait for other books in the series to be made into movies.

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