erik lundegaard

Hungry for 'Hunger Games'

Holy crap! “The Hunger Games” grossed $68 million yesterday. That's the fifth-highest single-day gross ever, after the final “Harry Potter” and the three “Twilight” sequels. “The Dark Knight” is sixth. Apparently boys don't go to movies the way girls do.

I actually tried to go last night. “THG” is playing at Paul Allen's Cinerama, which would be a good theater to see it in, but I was running late. Its early show was too early and its late show was too late, so I decided to choose the lesser, closer theater, Meridian 16 in downtown Seattle, where it was playing every half hour. I was thinking 7:40. But when I arrived at 7:30 that one was sold out. 8:00 wasn't. One, please.

I looked at the ticket, Theater 9, went up two flights, past a long line for the 7:40 show on the second level, and stood in a small line on the third level for the 8:00 show. I hung there for a bit. My mind wandered. Occasionally I'd look down at the second level, see the line stretching there, look at the clock. “They're behind,” I thought. “Twenty minutes or so. That movie should've started already.” It was only near 8:00 that the second-level line moved and disappeared, and our line, the 8:00 line, began to fill up.

Around 8:15 I caught a snippet of a conversation in front of me. “Yes, this is the 8:30 line.” I was about to object when I rechecked my ticket. Theater 9? No, Theater 6, dummy! You were looking at it upside-down. You should've been in the line a floor below. The one that disappeared 15 minutes ago.

So I retreated to the first floor and tried buying a ticket for the show I'd been standing in line for. Nope. All sold out untl 9:30, which was too late for this bag of bones. I headed home in defeat. But I'll try to see it sometime this weekend.

God, the things girls make me do.

Scene from "The Hunger Games" (2012)

Between “Hunger Games” and Pixar's “Brave,” will this be our summer of girls with bows?

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Posted at 10:20 AM on Sat. Mar 24, 2012 in category Movies - Box Office  


Jacob Slichter wrote:

I went to a 5:30 PM show in Brooklyn. So many theaters were showing this, most of them with better seats and screens than the particular theater I chose, that the line wasn't bad. I look forward to reading the Lundetake on it.

Comment posted on Sat. Mar 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

ak wrote:

I'm on viewing 3. isnt that the saddest? I don't know what it's like for non-readers, so if that's you, I'm excited for your review.

Comment posted on Sat. Mar 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Karen wrote:

“now you ask the nice bus driver for a transfer.” Now wait in line at the theater number on your tickets." Jordy is there now.

Comment posted on Sat. Mar 24, 2012 at 02:06 PM

Jordan Muschler wrote:

Seen it, Erik! Can you beat me to the review?

Comment posted on Sat. Mar 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM

Erik wrote:

I saw it, too! But you know me: long-winded. Let's see what you've got. Make sure you describe your feelings well...

Comment posted on Sat. Mar 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
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