TYLER — It's a movie that is predicted to have a bigger opening weekend than "Twilight."
"The Hunger Games" opened at midnight Friday.
East Texas fans waited in line for hours at Carmike Cinemas in Tyler to be among the first to catch the film version of a literary phenomenon.
People started lining up there around 5 p.m. Thursday.
Carmike opened up several of its theaters for the premiere.
The widely successful book series by Suzanne Collins has sold millions of copies.
Following suit of the "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" craze, now it's creators are hoping to master the big screen.
One east Texas fan explained what the draw of "The Hunger Games" is for her.
"I love that there's a female main character instead of a male, and there's not much action," said Christina Varela. "And it's really interesting. It's not all about love, but there is a love story. It's just really good to read. I read it in a day."
Industry insiders are saying the movie may gross as much as $150 million in its first weekend.