The FAB Life of Panem Giveaway

by (@JordanRuntagh)

The Hunger Games Busts Weekend Box Office Records

Move over Star Wars, Harry Potter, and even Twilight (gasp): there’s a new record breaking film franchise in town! The first installment of The Hunger Games series opened this weekend to rapturous reviews and once-in-a-lifetime sales figures. When we broke down the numbers last week, the film was expected to pull in the still-huge amount of $125 million. But  the saga ended up breaking records for a springtime opening, taking in an incredible $155 million in North America alone over the weekend. When you factor in the $59.25 million it took in overseas, that brings the total to a staggering $214 million! Not bad for an $80 million dollar price tag.

The spring record was previously held by Tim Burton’s 3-D reboot of Alice In Wonderland  back in 2010, which clocked in at $119 million for its first weekend. But those figures could be considered a little inflated when you consider that ticket prices for a 3-D movie are higher than one in plain old cinemascope, which makes The Hunger Games performance over the weekend even more remarkable.

It was seen by some a risky move to open the series in March, instead of saving it for the more traditional blockbuster seasons of the summer and December. But obviously those people underestimated the draw of the Games. “If a movie looks intriguing, customers will show up, no matter what the calendar reads,” BoxOffice.com editor Phil Contrino told The New York Times. It also proves that with Harry Potter already history, and Twilight heading towards its November finale, THG will certainly pick up the slack as the next massive movie franchise. Let the games begin! And speaking of games, don’t forget to check out our FAB Life of Panem Superfan Giveaway!

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by (@shalapitcher)

Hunger Games Fans, Squee With Us And Enter To Win Some Superfan Prizes

In case you didn’t notice, we are having a hard time sitting still in our seats this week as we count down the seconds (with Claudius Templesmith’s voice in our heads, natch) until The Hunger Games hits theaters. But now we want to hear all about your excitement for the movie. And as a little incentive, we’re giving away some pretty sweet superfan prizes in a little sweepstakes we’re calling “The FAB Life of Panem Giveaway.”

All you have to do is follow us on Twitter @TheFABlife (if you don’t already) and tweet the Hunger Games scene you’re most looking forward to seeing in the movie (like, “Katniss on fire at the opening ceremonies”) along with the hashtag #HungerGamesVH1 and a link to the rules here (http://www.thefablife.com/?p=227870), just so we know you know them. The Grand Prize winner, selected at random, will get a Hunger Games pin, a one-sheet Katniss character poster, a mini one-sheet Katniss character poster, a one-sheet Hunger Games holiday/stadium poster, a mini one-sheet holiday/stadium poster, and a final one-sheet Hunger Games poster. You can create an all-Panem room in your house with all those posters, or be nice and share with your friends. We’ll also give one runner-up a one-sheet Katniss character poster, a mini one-sheet Katniss character poster and a one-sheet Hunger Games holiday/stadium poster.
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