‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ First-Day Advance Ticket Sales Huge

Fandango reports blockbuster sequel accounted for 70% of Tuesday business and is outselling current releases by 8-1

Presales for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” made up 70 percent of online ticket broker Fandango’s business Tuesday, the first day tickets to Lionsgate’s blockbuster sequel became available.

The online ticket broker said Wednesday morning that the film  and was ahead of all current releases by an 8-1 margin were outpacing pre-sales of all previous wide releases 50 days before release .

Movietickets.com reported a similar sales surge Wednesday, with “Catching Fire” advance sales accounting for 52 percent of all tickets sold.

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“Catching Fire” hits theaters worldwide on Nov. 22, and is expected to do even better than the first “Hunger Games” at the box office. That one brought in $690 million after opening to $152 million in March of last year.

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Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson reprise their roles in “Catching Fire,” in which Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the Hunger Games sparks a rebellion.

Francis Lawrence is directing and Nina Jacobson is producing.