With the star power and fan base behind ‘The Avengers‘, it is safe to say the movie is going to be huge. But according to experts, the opening of the blockbuster won’t be able to stand up against that of ‘The Hunger Games‘, especially at the midnight premiere.
The Avengers is going to be big, but it’s looking less likely that it’s going to beat The Hunger Games.
With only hours to go until The Avengers‘ long-awaited domestic debut, the Marvel Studios epic has sold out some 1,850 screenings nationwide, according to the advance-ticket sellers Fandango and MovieTickets.com.
At the same point in the run up to its midnight release, The Hunger Games was reported to have sold out more than 4,300 screenings.
The Hunger Games is the year’s top-opening movie, and Hollywood’s third-biggest opener of all-time, with a $152.5 million debut.
While the upper end of guesstimates has The Avengers besting The Hunger Games, as well as reigning opening-weekend champ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, most have pegged the superhero film to open with about $150 million.
If the weekend race for bragging rights could be close, the midnight box-office battle—as the gulf in the sell-out numbers suggest—might not be.
The hot-ticket Hunger Games grossed nearly $20 million in its night-owl debut, and took seventh place among the all-time midnight openers, falling just under a half-dozen Harry Potter and Twilight films.
So while ‘The Hunger Games’ will have the upper hand when it comes to opening weekend, ‘The Avenger’ will probably still pull out a larger worldwide total.
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