"The Hunger Games" has finally premiered, and the reaction is overwhelmingly positive.
Though the highly anticipated movie -- an adaptation of the blockbuster novel by Suzanne Collins -- won't hit theaters until March 23, a small group of fans and celebrities got a chance to see the film's world premiere Monday night.
Novelist Neil Gaiman said he liked it. Country singer Miranda Lambert called it "amazing." Kelly Osbourne said it's a "must-see."
Film blog Slashfilm.com says "Hunger Games" is "exceptional" and that audiences will be aching to see the "Catching Fire" adaptation the second "Hunger Games" ends.
The good early buzz could mean even bigger box office than insiders were expecting. The latest tracking numbers show the movie could have a bigger opening weekend than "Breaking Dawn's" $138.1 million take last fall.
Midnight shows, many of which are playing at theaters in Omaha and Council Bluffs, are selling out quickly.
Be sure to check back next week for stories about (and a review of) "The Hunger Games."