A few weeks back, when the Super Bowl trailer for the film debuted, the official Facebook page for The Hunger Gameslisted the film’s runtime as just under the two hour mark, surprising a good amount of people given the amount of material within the novel, but still pleasing enough. However, it seems that may have just changed. A theater chain promoting the film’s release, along with the pre-order ticket sales, has released the runtime for the film themselves, and it’s much longer than what was previously said.
Hunger Games fansite DWTC reports that Celebration Cinema, a local theater chain around one of the site’s writers who he’s kept in constant contact with about the film, has revealed on Twitter that The Hunger Games will be 142 minutes, which is 25 minutes longer than the previously released runtime on the film’s Facebook page. However, it should be noted that shortly afterwards, the tweet was taken down, possibly due to the premature release of the information, but making the report sketchy nonetheless, so take it with a grain of salt. The Facebook page information, that revealed the film would be PG-13 and 117 minutes, has been taken down since the reveal a few weeks ago as well.
One fan in the comments of the DWTC article says that they’ve spoken to people who have viewed a test screening of the upcoming film, and that they’ve also said the movie is over two hours long, possibly adding some validity to the released-than-redacted information.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale this coming Wednesday, and the runtime should be universally revealed by then, but this is the first report we’ve heard of that contradicts the previously set runtime. Lionsgate has yet to confirm the nearly two and a half hour runtime, but as more advanced ticket sale information becomes available within the next few days, it should become abundantly clear.
We’ll keep you posted on this weird flux of information as if becomes available in the next month heading up to release.