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Crowds turn out for ‘The Hunger Games’ opening night in D.C. area

View Photo Gallery: “The Hunger Games” is playing on more than 10,000 screens.

The nationwide premiere of the story of a straight-shooting heroine, a brutal contest, and a love triangle sold out at some local theaters Thursday night.

Tickets for “The Hunger Games” sold out at AMC Loews Georgetown. At the Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park, the line of mostly pre-teens and college students wound around the block.

Crowds gathered outside the Uptown Theater for the opening of The Hunger Games. (James Buck/The Washington Post)

The crowd looked a bit older than the books’ target audience, young teenagers.

 “I think the fact that it’s a school night had something to do with it,” American University student Holly Longstreth said from her theater seat.

And as for the general lack of costumed moviegoers, “It’s not ‘Twilight,’” she said.

Crowds gathered outside the Uptown Theater for the opening of The Hunger Games. (James Buck/The Washington Post)

Standing in front of the big screen, a group of young girls chanted “Peeta! Peeta!” and made the three-finger salute seen in the movie.

 Across the country, demand for “The Hunger Games” led some theaters to add 3 a.m. showings, and midnight premiere tickets posted on eBay went for at least twice the theater price.

According to the online ticket service Fandango, over 2,500 show times sold out nationwide.

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