The Hunger Games Nabs $155 Million, Third Best Opening Weekend of All Time!
Edward, Bella, Spider-Man and Jack Sparrow just got schooled by Katniss, Peeta and Gale.
The Hunger Games made history in its opening weekend in theaters, earning $155 million at the U.S. box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This makes the movie, an adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian young adult fantasy novel and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, the third-best box office debut of all time, the best film opening for any non-summer movie, and the biggest debut for a nonsequel.
Still ahead of The Hunger Games -- but not by much! -- are The Dark Knight, which earned $158.5 million in its July 2008 opening, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which made $169.2 million in its first weekend last summer.
The widely praised epic (Us Weekly's Eric Andersson gave it 3.5 stars and called it "gripping, breathtaking and poignant") trumped the debuts of heavyweight blockbusters such as 2007's Spider-Man 3, 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon and last year's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
And that's just the beginning: Collins' Hunger Games is followed by two more books in the saga, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
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