There was no doubt The Hunger Games was going to be big, the only question was how big. Many were surprised last week when tracking said the film could open as high as $130 million in the US, but in the end even that turned out to be too conservative, as it ended up taking $155 million in its first three days in North America.
That’s the third biggest three-day opening ever, behind the final Harry Potter movie and The Dark Knight. The film also had the fifth biggest opening day ever, taking $68 million on Friday, and perhaps most surprisingly, by Saturday it had already become Lionsgate’s highest grossing movie ever. Worldwide the film took $214 million, a particularly impressive figure considering Suzanne Collins’ books are barely known in many countries.
It’s a hugely impressive start and has stunned many who had assumed this sort of opening was impossible for a non-sequel, but the film film lit the imagine of young people, most particularly young women, who are becoming an increasingly important demographic, having been largely igrnoed by Hollywood for years.
The only other new entry in the US top 10 was October Baby, a film that’s aimed squarely at conservative Christian viewers and which has an anti-abortion message. It took $1.7 million to place eighth.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of 23rd-25th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|1||The Hunger Games||$155.0||$155.0|
|2||21 Jump Street||$21.3||$71.0|
|3||Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax||$13.1||$177.3|
|5||Act Of Valor||$2.0||$65.9|
|7||A Thousand Words||$1.9||$14.9|
|10||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||$1.3||$97.1|