The Hunger Games Nabs $155 Million, Third Best Opening Weekend of All Time!

Entertainment Mar. 25, 2012 AT 12:24PM
The Hunger Games Nabs $155 Million, Third Best Opening Weekend of All Time! Credit: Lionsgate

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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For much more on the movie, including 125 gorgeous photos and exclusive interviews, pick up Us Weekly's Hunger Games special -- available on newsstands now. Order it today!

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