The Hunger Games surpassed the wildest industry expectations to debut to $155 million, according to studio estimates.
That’s the third-biggest opening weekend ever, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million). It’s also the best debut ever for a non-sequel, crushing 2010′s Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million), and it represents the top opening weekend for any picture outside the summer movie season. And, yes, it must be mentioned — The Hunger Games opened stronger than all four Twilight films.
Box Office Top 5
- The Hunger Games — $155.0 mil
- 21 Jump Street — $21.3 mil
- Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax — $13.1 mil
- John Carter — $5.0 mil
- Act of Valor — $2.1 mil