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Town That Served As ‘Hunger Games’ Backdrop On Sale For $1.4 Million

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File photo of a billboard for "The Hunger Games." (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a billboard for “The Hunger Games.” (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C.. (CBS Charlotte/AP) - The movie adaptation of the first book in the dystopian young adult thriller series “The Hunger Games” has killed its competition at the box office, as millions of fans flock to theaters in droves to see the hit film.

The biggest fans have also made their way to areas of North Carolina, the state in which all of the movie was filmed, to see different sets in person.

While bustling Charlotte is equipped to handle the human traffic, remote Henry River Mill Village – which served as the setting for dreary District 12 – is not.

That is why the town that played home to protaganist Katniss Everdeen is now up for sale by its property owner, Wade Shepherd.

Shepherd, 83, told the Associated Press that fans have swarmed his 72 acres of land, despite the fact that it’s all private property.

“Day and night, they’re driving through, taking pictures, getting out and walking,” he said. “I’m just bombarded with people.”

Shepard is no Hunger Games enthusiast, having never read any of the series.

He is now even less enthralled by its passionate fan-base, which is why he has put the property on the market for $1.4 million.

The Lionsgate thriller about teens battling to the death in a post-apocalyptic competition was the No. 1 movie again last weekend with about $58.6 million, according to final studio figures Monday. It’s now made nearly $248.5 million total domestically.

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