The Hunger Games Earns Third-Biggest Opening of All-Time

by at . Comments

The world was most definitely watching.

Following astounding takes at both midnight showings and overall on opening day, The Hunger Games has shocked even its most ardent followers by earning $155 million between Friday and Sunday, the third biggest opening of all-time in Hollywood.

Katniss Everdeen Photo

"It was the perfect storm. Having the first film in a franchise to be so gigantic is amazing. We had a great book and a great director in Gary Ross," said Lionsgate president of marketing Tim Palen.

Last year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 set the mark for best debut with $169.2 million; while The Dark Knight took in $158.4 million in 2008.

But The Hunger Games is now the record-holder for opening weekends in terms of non-summer films and non-sequels. It shot past Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million in 2007), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8 million in 2009) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($138.1 million last year) late on Saturday.

Yes, Katniss Everdeen may be The Girl on Fire. But she's also starring in The Movie on Fire, that's for sure. Here's a look at the top 10 box office results from an incredible weekend:

  1. The Hunger Games: $155 million.
  2. 21 Jump Street: $21.3 million.
  3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $13.1 million
  4. John Carter: $5 million 
  5. Act of Valor: $2.1 million 
  6. Project X: $1.95 million 
  7. A Thousand Words: $1.93 million 
  8. Safe House: $1.39 million 
  9. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: $1.37 million 
  10. Casa de Mi Padre:  $1.1 million
Tags: ,