How Do Hunger-lings Stack Up to Twi-Hards?
Some interesting stats from USA Today
"Everyone wanted to put (Hunger Games) into the Twilight box," says Tim Palen, Lionsgate's chief marketing officer. "It's easy to put it in that box because of three young main leads (in both movies). But they're completely different stories with different appeals." (Lionsgate owns both franchises.)
And they draw different, though powerful, demographics. Twi-hards tend to run younger than Hunger-lings, analysts and studio executives say. According to exit surveys by Lionsgate, 56% of Hunger Games' moviegoers were 25 and older, about the opposite of Twilight's film fan base.
Women rule both series. The studio found that about 80% of Twilight's moviegoers are women. This weekend, women made up 61% of Hunger Games moviegoers.Hunger Games had a bigger debut ($152.5 million) than any Twilight film — 2009's New Moon marks Twilight's biggest opener at $142.8 million. Yet Twilight is the ninth-largest franchise, with $2.5 billion worldwide from four films.
Fans already are measuring the opponents. Movieline.com ran a seven-point scorecard, weighing everything from the stories' love triangles to themes to PG-13 action. The site gave Hunger Games the nod in five of the seven categories.
"The Hunger Games has a wider appeal," says Jen Yamato, who wrote Movieline's tale of the tape. "It's more sci-fi/fantasy, while Twilight is a supernatural romance. So more guys are going to see Hunger. Of course … we're still talking millions of fans on both sides."
I haven't had the chance to see Hunger Games. As for the books, I really enjoyed both of the stories. they are two completely different stories.
I've read both series and seen all the movies available as well. There is no way you can compare the two. They are completely different. Someone asked me recently what I thought of the Hunger Games compared to Twilight. I had to explain that you cannot compare the two- completely different story lines, no supernatural creatures in the Hunger Games, just very different stories.
I have really enjoyed both series so far. I hate that people always try to compare apples and oranges. They are good movies/books- there, done.
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Myriam Gabriel-Pollock has been writing for MSN since 2006 -- everything from quizzes to feature articles to the Twilight Superfan blog. Prior to that she was a hi-tech geek. She has happily transitioned into a film geek, especially if there are wizards, vampires, mythical places, and spaceships.