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HUNGER GAMES FEASTS ON $152.5 MIL OPENING (Updated)

March 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. and Canadian ticket buyers bought up an estimated $155 million worth of tickets (see final figures below) to see The Hunger Games over the weekend, making it the third-largest domestic debut ever, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, which opened last year with $169.19 million and The Dark Knight with $158.41 million in 2008. The film exceeded the predictions of pundits, who pegged the film to earn $110-115 million. It easily became the highest-earning film ever to open in March, beating the previous record holder, 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, which opened with $116.1 million. Last week’s No. 1 movie, Sony’s 21 Jump Street, slipped to second place with $21.3 million, followed by Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax with $13.1 million.


The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:


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, $2 million; 7. A Thousand Words, $1.9 million; 8. October Baby, $1.7 million; 9. Safe House, $1.39 million; 10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, $1.37 million.

UPDATE
Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. The Hunger Games, $152,535,747
2. 21 Jump Street, $20,471,187
3. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, $13,182,045
4. John Carter, $5,073,832
5. Act of Valor, $2,041,362