"This is going to be one of those historic weekends that people will be talking about and referring to for years to come, as filmmaker Gary (Seabiscuit) Ross' adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (Lionsgate), starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland, exceeded all expectations with an estimated three-day opening weekend of $155 million in 4,137 theaters, an average of nearly $37.5 thousand per site.
While the Thursday midnight take of $19.7 million may have been lower than the last few "Twilight" (but it still beat the first Twilight film, which only made $7 mil at midnight) movies--midnight screenings only took place in 2,565 theaters--it made up for it on Friday, expanding into over 4,000 theaters and bringing its first 24-hour total to $68 million, followed by an estimated $51 million on Saturday and a projected $36 million for Sunday.
The number of records it set or surpassed with that $155 million opening are vastly impressive, not only being the highest March opening and biggest opening for a non-sequel (besting Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in both cases), but in just two days, it became Lionsgate's highest grossing release ever. Going by that estimate, it's the third-biggest opening domestically for a movie behind last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, as well as the third-highest per-theater average for a wide release behind "Deathly Hallows" and the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus 3D movie.
Internationally, The Hunger Games brought in another $59.2 million as it opened in 7,700 further theaters in 67 other markets where it ended up number 1 in nearly every country. Australia brought in $9.7 million, which is comparable to blockbusters like "Transformers" and "Harry Potter," Russia grossed $6.5 million, followed by Germany, France, Mexico and Scandinavian markets, which brought in roughly $3.7 million each. This means that The Hunger Games brought in $214 million globally in just three days." COURTESY of Comingsoon.net
This is great news!!! The best - ever!! 'Cus it means that Catching Fire is def going to happen and then both of the Mockingjay films!
I really loved this movie, but I am concerned about Catching Fire. Where The Hunger Games was an introduction to the Games for Katniss, in Catching Fire she is a seasoned pro, well as pro as one can get when fighting to the death, but still, it is an entirely different book from HG, which means it should be a different film. Gary Ross did an astounding job, but I hope he understands that where HG was a discovery/survival book, Catching Fire is all about politics and action, which means no docudrama style directing aka shaky camera. It's all action, fighting, explosions and fire and should be treated as so.
I have faith, but just do not wanna see Hunger Games pt 2, but ACTUALLY Catching Fire...
Fingers always crossed -