"The Hunger Games" breaking records across the country

USA Today reports that all three books in "The Hunger Games" trilogy were top sellers in 2010 after millions of copies were sold around the world.  Now, the movie is also at the top for ticket sales in its opening weekend.

"The Hunger Games" raked in $153 million in its opening weekend trailing behind "Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part Two" and "The Dark Knight" for ticket sales in their first weekend on the big screen.  That makes it the third highest opening weekend ever.

The movie is about sacrifice, courage, and violence as it follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen through a whirlwind of battle scenes with other teenagers.

The suspense and the fans' dedication to the books are bringing fans like 12-year-old Kathryn Braswell and her mom to theaters time and time again.

"I was just like watching it like hoping they used this part in the book.  This time I'll actually be paying attention," said Braswell before her second time seeing the movie.

Kody Blair with Carmike 15 says the crowds have been constant for the movie.  He says some fans who came for the midnight showing on Thursday came again this weekend.

"It's definitely a big thing to all of us here in the theater to have all these fan bases because you know they are going to come.  They are going to bring their friends, their family.  So, it's always a really good business for us," said Blair.

However, some parents walk away worrying about the violence when 24 kids are forced by the government to battle to the death with one left standing.

Diana Riser, an assistant professor of psychology at Columbus State University, says the violence can be shocking, but it can be interpreted for violence that is happening in our world today.

"It's a fantasy reflection of what is really going on in the world, and it is increasing awareness.  In fact, we are often more shocked by violence that is a reflection of the real world than by violence that is very fantast based by let's saw Twilight or something like that," said Riser.

She says it's almost impossible to keep your kids from being exposed to violence in the media, but to keep that exposure from having negative effects the best thing is to talk to them about it.

Braswell's mom, Janet agrees.

"That is why we saw it over the weekend.  We wanted to make sure it was okay for my eight year old.  Yeah, there is a little bit of the violence in there, but a lot things, games are violent too.  It's nature these days," said Janet.

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