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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/25/2012

‘The Hunger Games’ opens with $155 million: A look at its box-office success by the numbers

As expected, “The Hunger Games” is a huge box-office hit. As in, really huge.

The first film in the much-anticipated Katniss Everdeen franchise brought in $155 million over the weekend, making it the No. 1 movie in America and the film with the third-biggest opening weekend of all time.

And that’s only one of the designations that can now be assigned to “The Hunger Games” courtesy of its mega-revenue over the past few days.

Let’s look more closely at some of its accomplishments in numerical terms, shall we?

“The Hunger Games” sits at No. 3 on the list of all-time biggest opening weekends.

When considered with no adjustment for inflation, “The Hunger Games” is in third place on this list, according to Box Office Mojo, right behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” (at No. 1, with $169.1 million) and “The Dark Knight” (at No. 2, with $158.4 million). It’s also the only movie in the top 10 releases on that list that isn’t a sequel.

“The Hunger Games” also had the biggest midnight opening ever for a non-sequel.

Ticket sales for the Thursday night/early Friday screening brought in $19.74 million, giving it the seventh-biggest midnight debut of all time, behind various “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” sequels.

“The Hunger Games” is off to a much stronger start than either the “Harry Potter” or “Twilight” films.

“The Hunger Games” has busted out of the gate with more robust box-office returns than either the Hogwarts or Forks, Wash., franchises did. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” made $90.3 million in its first weekend of release in November 2001, and “Twilight” earned $69.6 million when it opened in November 2008.

With just a single weekend under its belt, “The Hunger Games” is already very close to becoming the biggest hit of 2012.

The Lorax,” which has been in wide release for three weeks, remains the year’s top grosser with $177.3 million in its pro-environment pockets. Expect it to hand over that title to “The Hunger Games” sometime during the next week.

“The Hunger Games” has already earned roughly 2.5 times as much money at the North American box office as “John Carter” has during the past two weeks.

And it did so with a budget well below half of what it cost to make “John Carter.” If only Disney had spent less money and handed Taylor Kitsch a bow and arrow, things could have turned out differently.

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Categories:  Box Office | Tags:  Hunger Games

 
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