EDINA (WCCO) — School is out and lines are beginning to form for the highly-anticipated “Hunger Games” movie.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, the AMC Theatre at the Southdale Center Mall had sold 1,800 tickets for the midnight showing. The line to get into the theatre was small. At the front of the line, were three friends killing time with video games and snacks.

“We got the midnight tickets like a month ago,” said Zach Weiland. “We decided we should go early.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Weiland, Evan Boncher and Tim Pedersen all go to Richfield High School and are part of the band. They left class and came straight to Southdale to be the first in line. All three have class on Friday at 6 o’clock in the morning and a performance that evening.

“I’ve got my homework with me,” said Boncher.

Boncher came with his friends because he wanted to be part of the experience and loves the mega-popular trilogy.

“The books draw you in really quickly,” said Boncher. “The action and all the suspense brings you in and holds you for the whole series.”

The story, written by Suzanne Collin, is deep for young audiences. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world, but things like reality TV and fighting within the government are resonating with teenagers.

Southdale has four theatres “sold out,” but managers say they have four others theatres they can fill.

At the Mall of America in Bloomington, 25 percent of ticket shad been sold at 1 p.m.. At the front of the line, there were two sisters Laura and Brandy Ingberg.

“It’s fun to wait in line,” said Brandy. “That’s one of the perks of a midnight show.”

Comments (9)
  1. The other 99% says:

    Ahh maybe I am out of touch with the young kids but doesn’t any of these kids have curfews anymore. I thought the law was if you were under 18 it was midnight or earlier depending on your age and the city you lived in. More over hype media coverage for nothing important.

  2. Tony says:

    ” ticket shad” – just a quick Copy/Edit comment.

    And, The Hunger Games is awesome. #don’tbeahater “the other 99%”

  3. we says:

    How can parents let there kids go to such an awful movie?There is nothing but over the top graphic violence in this show and should be boycotted!

    1. Death says:

      Don’t go 2 C it! Many ppl want 2, get over it!

    2. Dave says:

      Go to Canada and get it over with

      1. we says:

        Good one Dave,did you come up with that one all by your self or did mommy help you!

  4. Peeta says:

    First, don’t hate a movie without first seeing it or even reading the source material. There is more violence in a normal summer blockbuster than there is in this movie without being as well handled.
    I for one thought it was very well done and kept the spirit of the book translated well for the viewing audience. It is one of the best popular fiction literary adaptations that I have ever seen.

  5. Sha Dyanasty says:

    ‘CCO is paid through placement, affiliate marketing and direct advertising to promote this movie. There is nothing special about this movie, only that the media now (and has for years) made advertisements look like new stories. Pathetic!

  6. Bobby says:

    Sweet I love the Hunger Games

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