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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Advance Ticket Sales Explode

First-day business for Jennifer Lawrence’s young adult epic tops all 2014 films at MovieTickets.com, Fandango and AMC

Advance sales for Jennifer Lawrence‘s “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” took off Wednesday, exceeding first-day presales for any movie in 2014 at online brokers Fandango and MovieTickets.com and AMC Theaters.

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Lionsgate’s “Mockingjay – Part 1” hits theaters on Friday, Nov. 21.

At MovieTickets.com, first-day sales doubled those for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in its first day of presales last year. At AMC, many fans were opting to pick up tickets for a “Hunger Games” marathon in which the first two films will be screened at 250 of the chain’ locations, starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20

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Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the PG-13-rated “Mockingjay,” which is directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Danny Strong.

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The first two “Hunger Games” movies have taken in $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. “The Hunger Games” totaled $408 million at the domestic box office and $691 million globally in 2012. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” rung up $424 million in the U.S. and $864 million last year.

“Mockingjay – Part 2” will be released on Nov. 20,  2015.