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Maryland's appetite for 'Hunger Games' is huge

Maryland's appetite for 'Hunger Games' is huge

When the lights dim for "Hunger Games" at midnight Thursday, Fatimah Nelson, who bought tickets weeks ago, will be there, a bit breathless, at the edge of a plush seat at Arundel Mills.

"I've been waiting months and months and months," says the Baltimore 21-year-old. "I'm really excited."

Nelson and millions of others in Maryland and around the country are braced for the opening of "Hunger Games," the latest young adult book series to become a runaway hit and then a movie and, it's looking like, a cultural phenomenon on the likes of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight."

The movie is on track to become the online site...