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The Hunger Games

Lionsgate

The Hunger Games is selling so many movie tickets you'd think it was Twilight.

Actually, scratch that.

It's selling so many movie tickets you'd think it wasn't Twilight.

The details:

With its release still a week away, The Hunger Games has already racked up some 1,700 sold-out screenings, per stats today from the advance-ticket sellers Fandango and MovieTickets.com.

(E! Online and Fandango are both divisions of NBCUniversal.)

MovieTickets.com said nearly half of its sales were for opening-night midnight shows—a sure sign of a rabid fanbase.

Another sign: Fandango said demand for The Hunger Games is so great that its sales are now outpacing those of the first Twilight.

None of this is a surprise. Since tickets went on sale last month, The Hunger Games has been dominating the multiplex competition.

The main question now is whether The Hunger Games will feast on a $100 million opening weekend.

One thing seems for sure: Even if it doesn't, it'll still get pretty fat.  

(Originally published at 3:54 p.m. on March 15, 2012.)