Of the nearly 30 Omaha midnight screenings of "The Hunger Games," a bit less than half were sold out this morning.
The nine theaters hosting the midnight shows all still have some tickets for sale; those theaters include Marcus Midtown, Marcus 20 Grand, Marcus Twin Creek, Marcus Village Pointe, Rave, Aksarben, Great Escape, AMC Star Council Bluffs and AMC Oakview (the last two are showing "Hunger Games" on the IMAX screen).
That's likely to change by tomorrow, though. Ticket-seller Fandango says the movie has already sold more advance tickets than any other non-sequel -- it's bested only by a few "Potter" and "Twilight" movies. In fact, "Hunger Games" accounts for 92 percent of Fandango's ticket sales this week.
Early estimates have "Hunger Games'" opening weekend to easily pass the $100-million mark, perhaps even nudge up to $140 million. That puts it in range of the top-five biggest opening weekends ever, and way ahead of the openings of the first "Twilight" and "Potter" films, which earned $70 million and $90 million, respectively.
And "The Hunger Games," an adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular book, has something going for it those first "Potter" installments and all the "Twilight" films did not: really good reviews.
The movie now has a 90 percent on RottenTomatoes.com, a movie review aggregator that gives films a score based on critical consensus. Some perspective: The first part of "Breaking Dawn" has a 25 percent.
Critics mostly agree that "Hunger Games" is smart, suspenseful and worthy of its source material.
-- Micah Mertes