The odds were definitely in their favor this weekend, as The Hunger Games made a major splash at the box office!
According to EW, the film made $155 million this weekend in the United States alone! It was the third biggest opening weekend ever, after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 (which made $169.2 million) and The Dark Knight (which brought in $158.4 million).
That's amazing. But it's even more amazing when you put it all in context. Though The Hunger Games had the third biggest opening weekend of all time, it had the biggest opening weekend for a non-sequel. Harry Potter and Batman already had a major following, whereas this is Katniss Everdeen's first time on screen. The previous record holder for the biggest non-sequel opening weekend was Alice in Wonderland, which made $116.1 million. The Hunger Games pretty much wiped the floor with that old record.
Other impressive stats:
-The Hunger Games had the fifth biggest opening day ever, with $68 million.
-It made more in its opening weekend than any of the Twilight films.
-All kinds of audiences flocked to see it -- the crowds were 61% female (compared with Breaking Dawn's 80%) and 39% male, while 56% were age 25 or older and 44% were younger than 25.
-According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film made an additional $59.3 million overseas -- bringing their grand total to $214.3 million. Whoa.
-Lionsgate spent only $125 million on the movie ($80M to make it and $45M to market it), so they are very happy right now, probably swimming around in their pool of money, a la Scrooge McDuck.
Did you go see The Hunger Games this weekend?
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