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MAR
20
2 YEARS

'Hunger Games': By the Numbers

THR examines the money, marketing and social media madness surrounding the highly anticipated release of Lionsgate's adventure epic.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson
Lionsgate

The premiere of The Hunger Games is just three days away, and fan anticipation has reached fever pitch.

The tentpole adventure film, based on the much-loved book by Suzanne Collins, follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a 16-year-old girl living in a dystopian futuristic North America called Panem. Every year, two young people from each district must enter the Hunger Games, a deadly televised competition in which only one competitor survives.

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Directed by Gary Ross, the film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz. Before it hits more than 4,000 theaters Friday, The Hollywood Reporter reviews its journey the from the page to the big screen.

Here's a rundown of some notable Hunger Games-related figures leading to the March 23 premiere:

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The Making Of

84: Days of principal photography in North Carolina.

300: The estimated number of bears living in the woods in North Carolina where the film was shot.

1,200: Number of CGI shots needed.

$90 million: Production costs for the film. The figure was reduced to $78 million after subsidies.

$500,000: Lawrence’s salary for the first film, plus “escalators” (bonuses based on the movie’s performance).

25 pounds: Amount of weight lost by Ross during the filming of the Lionsgate pic.

7: The number of seconds cut from the film in order to secure a PG-13-equivalent rating in the U.K. Some or all of the cuts were substitutions concerning blood.

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The Buzz

8 million: Number of times the first Hunger Games trailer (launched Nov. 14) was viewed in the first 24 hours.

7.5 million: Number of copies of the book has sold since the first trailer for the film hit.

8: Number of cities visited by Lawrence, Hemsworth and Hutcherson during the Hunger Games mall tour.

3 million-plus: Number of fans on the film’s official Facebook page as of March 20.

295,664: Number of followers of the film’s official Twitter page as of March 20.

7.6: Average critic rating (out of 10) for The Hunger Games on Rotten Tomatoes as of March 20 (93 percent "fresh".)

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The Box Office

142 minutes: Running time of the movie.

4,000: Estimated number of domestic theaters that will show The Hunger Games on opening weekend.

270: Number of Imax screens in the U.S. that will show The Hunger Games during a limited one-week engagement.

$130 million to $140 million: The amount (on the high end of estimates) that the Lionsgate movie could earn in its first weekend at the box office. It’s tracking to open bigger than The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. That film opened in November to $138.1 million, the fifth-best domestic debut of all time.

2,000: Number of showings of The Hunger Games that are already sold out, as estimated by Fandago.com

92: Percentage of daily advance ticket sales for The Hunger Games at Fandango.com.

83: Percentage of Fandango sales for The Hunger Games on the day they went on sale (Feb. 22). It’s the largest number of first-day sales in the site's 12-year history.