Hundreds of fans who camped out overnight in front of the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles were rewarded with tickets to The Hunger Games premiere.
The frenzy surrounding the big-screen adaptation of the first book in the young-adult series took over the plaza in front of the theatre, with fans and media lining the black carpet.
Ticket websites report anticipation for The Hunger Games film matches and may even surpass that for the Twilight movies. The last film in that series is set for a November release.
The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as teens fighting for survival in a government-controlled world that hosts annual televised games in which participants are forced to kill their opponents.
The film is set for release in New Zealand on March 22.
Watch the trailer for The Hunger Games here.