WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - The Hunger Games opened in theaters nationwide at midnight, and showings were sold out across the Tri-State.
The lines to see the movie at Rave motion pictures in West Chester began forming as early as 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The movie is based on the young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins and stars Union, Ky. native Josh Hutcherson.
It opened with $19.7 million domestically from overnight shows that started after midnight. That's the seventh-best midnight total ever and puts the movie well on the way toward a blockbuster opening weekend.
Here are a few quotes from moviegoers who attended the midnight showing:
"I loved it, it had action and it had drama."
"I'm just speechless. I loved it. I will come back and see it again if I want to."
"It is amazing. You laugh, you cry, you get angry. It's everything you want in a movie."
There are plans in the works to begin filming two follow-up movies, Catching Fire and Mockingjay this fall, if all the hype about The Hunger Games turns into success at the box office.