The Hunger Games (Novel Series) Statistics

The Hunger Games (Novel Series) Statistics

The Hunger Games sales statistics

  • The Hunger Games have sold over 100 million copies globally
  • For book 1, The first print run was 50,000 copies
  • This was quickly increased to 200,000 
  • Within 18 months of being published, The Hunger Games had sold 800,000 copies
  • The Hunger Games (book 1) spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list
  • The Hunger Games books have been translated into 52 languages
  • The rights to The Hunger Games books have been sold in 54 territories

When were The Hunger Games books published in order?

The Hunger Games series is made up of the three main novels of the trilogy plus a prequel.

#NamePublish Date
1The Hunger GamesSeptember 14, 2008
2Catching FireSeptember 1, 2009
3The MockingjayAugust 24, 2010
PrequelThe Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesMay 19, 2020

How long are The Hunger Games books?

#NamePage CountWord CountAudiobook Length
1The Hunger Games37499,75010 hrs and 35 mins
2Catching Fire391101,56411 hrs and 3 mins
3The Mockingjay390100,26911 hrs and 19 mins
PrequelThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes517157,87216 hrs and 16 mins

How many awards has The Hunger Games won?

  • Three books in The Hunger Games trilogy have won at least 77 awards
  • The Hunger Games has won 54 awards
  • Catching Fire has won 14 awards
  • The Mockingjay has won at least 9 awards

Notable awards for book #1: The Hunger Games

Booklist Editors’ Choice List2008
Cybils Children’s & Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Award for Fantasy & Science Fiction2008
A Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of the Year2008
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice2008
A New York Times Notable Book2008
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year2008
A School Library Journal Best Book2008
ALA (American Library Association) Best Books for Young Adults2009
New York Public Library “Stuff of the Teen Age”2009
Teen Buckeye Book Award (Ohio)2009
Texas Lone Star Reading List2009
Texas Tayshas Reading List2009
Thumbs Up! Award, Michigan Library Association2009
Arkansas Teen Book Award 2010 (Level 1: 7th-9th grades)2010
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award2010
Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers2010
Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature (The Writing Conference, Inc.)2010
Isinglass Award, Barrington Public Library (New Hampshire)2010
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winner (Grades 9-12)2010
Keystone State (Pennsylvania) Reading Association – Young Adult Book Award2010
Maine Student Book Award2010
Nevada Young Reader Association Award (Young Adult)2010
New Hampshire Teen Reader’s Choice Award2010
New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award2010
North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult High School Book Award2010
Ohio Buckeye Book Award – Teen Section2010
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award2010
Rhode Island Teen Book Award2010
Utah’s Beehive Book Award (Young Adult)2010
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award2010
3 Apples Teen Choice Book Award (New York)2011
Abraham Lincoln Award: Illinois’ High School Readers’ Choice Award2011
ALA (American Library Association) Popular Paperbacks for Teens (“What If…Fantasy and Dystopia”)2011
California Young Reader Medal2011
Chelmsford (MA) One Book Selection2011
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award2011
Grand Canyon Reader Tween Award (Arizona)2011
Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award (Middle Grades)2011
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award – High School2011
Missouri Truman Readers Award (Grades 6-8)2011
Missouri Gateway Readers Award (Grades 9-12)2011
Nebraska Golden Sower Award2011
New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award2011
Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award – High School Award (Oklahoma Library Association)2011
Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award – Intermediate Award (Oklahoma Library Association)2011
Oregon Readers Choice Award2011
PNLA (Pacific Northwest Library Association) Young Reader’s Choice2011
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award, Illinois Children’s Choice Award2011
South Carolina Junior Book Award2011
South Carolina Young Adult Book Award2011
South Dakota Library Association Young Adult Reading Program Award2011
South Dakota Young Adult Reading Program List – High School2011
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award2011
Virginia Readers’ Choice Award2011

Notable awards for book #2: Catching Fire

A Booklist Editors’ Choices2009
Indie Bound Fall 2009 Kid’s Indie Next List #2 (American Booksellers Association)2009
A Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of the Year2009
A Los Angeles Times Best Children’s Book of the Year2009
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice2009
People Magazine Top 10 Best Books2009
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year2009
A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction Book2009
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults2010
Capitol Choices (Washington, DC) Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens2010
Children’s Book Council/National Council of Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People2010
Children’s Book Council 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year (Children’s Choice Book Awards)2010
Indie Bound (American Booksellers Association) Young Adult Book of the Year2010
YALSA Teen Top 10 (Young Adult Library Services Association)2010

Notable awards for book #3: The Mockingjay

A Booklist Editors’ Choice2010
A Christian Science Monitor Best of 20102010
A Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of the Year2010
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year2010
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year2010
National Public Radio Otherworldly: The Year’s Most Transporting Books2010
Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices2011
IRA (International Reading Association) Young Adult Choices2011
A 2011 Locus Award Finalist (Locus Science Fiction Foundation)2011

How much have The Hunger Games movies made?

  • The Hunger Games movie was the 14th highest-grossing North American release of all time
  • It made over $700 million at the box office
  • The 2nd movie, Catching Fire, was the largest-grossing domestic film of 2013
  • It was also the 10th highest-grossing North American release of all time
  • The movies have made over $3 billion combined at the box office
#NameYearBox Office (Global)
1The Hunger Games2012$1.1 billion
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire2013$1.3 billion
3The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 12014$1.1 billion
4The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 22015$935 million

Writing of The Hunger Games

  • Collins got the idea for The Hunger Games while flicking between channels on TV and repeatedly seeing the war in Iraq and reality TV shows.
  • Collins used the experience of her father being away at war in Vietnam while writing the book to draw upon.
  • The series draws inspiration from the ancient Roman gladiatorial games and Greek mythology.

Suzanne Collins stats

  • Suzanne Collins was named in the Time Magazine 100 list in 2010
  • Collins has a Master of Fine Arts in dramatic writing from NYU
  • Collins started her career writing children’s TV shows for Nickelodeon
  • She did the work to adapt the book into a film herself
  • In 2012, it was revealed Collins was the top-selling author on Kindle of all time up to that point 
  • Suzanne Collins’s net worth is estimated at $80 million