Box Office: The Hunger Games Destroys Records

The much-hyped epic exceeded even the highest expectations with $155 million opening.

Posted: 03/26/2012 08:00 AM EDT
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The Hunger Games made history this weekend with the third biggest opening of a film...ever. At $155 million, the highly-anticipated epic, based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult novel, also scored the biggest opening in box office history for a non-sequel.

The film — already a franchise with three more films in the works — came in not far behind the $158.4 million earned by The Dark Knight in its July 2008 debut. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 holds the record for best debut with $169.2 million in summer 2011.

HG easily surpassed The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8 million in 2009) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($138.1 million last year).

According to CinemaScore, young girls filled up the bulk of theater seats for the Jennifer Lawrence-starring epic this weekend: 49 percent of the audience was under 25, and 61 percent female.

In other news, it was a steep drop to the number two spot this weekend, which belongs to 21 Jump Street and it's $21.3 million in ticket sales. Next week, Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson's Wrath of the Titans will give all those young males something to do, while Julia Roberts' Mirror Mirror — a modern retelling of Snow White — will try to take a bite out of The Hunger Games' apple.

 

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