Let The Hunger Games Begin!

The Hunger Games premieres to cheers Monday night in Los Angeles.

Photo by Keystone Press

Hunger Games mania officially kicked off on Monday, March 12 at the Nokia Theatre in Hollywood. The premiere of the highly anticipated film brought out more then 400 fans who lined the black carpet, trying to catch a glimpse of the stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.
After months of anticipation, advance buzz has been overwhelmingly positive, at least judging from what many critics and celebs tweeted after the premiere.
Steven Weintraub, Editor-in-chief, Collider.com: “If you’re a HUNGER GAMES fan, happy to report the film is great and you’re going to be very happy with Gary Ross’ film.”

Kimmy West of Page to Premiere Network: “Just saw #TheHungerGames. Most faithful adaptation of a book I have EVER seen. Just amazing.”
Kelly Osbourne: “Just got out of seeing #HungerGames all I have to say is wow! It really is a must see!”
Blake Shelton: “Just left the premier of The Hunger Games…. It’s was SO good!! I can’t wait til the book comes out. I hope it does it justice…”

Darren Criss, who plays Blaine Anderson on Glee: “In short, The Hunger Games was great. They did an awesome job. Fun at the premiere tonight with @JoeyRichter … http://t.co/3MytBxUg”

Box-office expectations for The Hunger Games is on track to match the Twilight movies. Predictions are that The Hunger Games could bring in more than $100 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend. That would be the biggest opening since last November, when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 opened to $138.1 million.
The Hunger Games will open to the general public on March 23.–Erin Fitzsimmons

See Jennifer Lawrence’s top red carpet moments here.