First, yes it was quite condensed, but the LOTR was made into three movies because it was based on three books and the movies were really condensed versions of their respective books.
Second, Hunger games is based on Book 1 of a trilogy. There will be three more movies (Book 2 and a movie split into two parts based on book 3)
I've now read all three books and I still think the movie was too condensed (or compacted). I liked the third book best of all, but they really could have made two movies out of the first book. So much material packed into so little time.
I just watched the Japanese film Battle Royale
, a film so close to the Hunger Games
film it's hard to believe there's not lawsuits flying across the Pacific. It would seem the Japanese film was the basis for the Hunger Games books. Not nearly as polished and lush as the American film, but if you watch it, you'll clearly see what I mean.