‘Hunger Games’ Debut Beats ‘Twilight’

March 25, 2012 by staff 

‘Hunger Games’ Debut Beats ‘Twilight’, Worldwide audiences displayed a ravenous appetite this weekend for Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games,” shelling out an astonishing $214 million worldwide, of which $155 million came from Stateside plexes, making it the third-highest three-day domestic debut ever.
Overseas, the film bowed in 67 day-and-date territories via local distribs, totaling $59.3 million. The film is projected to be No. 1 in virtually every market where it opened.

“Hunger Games” shattered several other notable benchmarks in North America: Pic stands as the highest non-summer domestic opening, beating “Alice in Wonderland,” as well as became the all-time biggest debut for a non-sequel pic.

“Hunger Games” alone earned more than all films combined during the comparable 2011 frame, boosting this weekend’s overall tally up a whopping 78%.

Many bizzers questioned how high the film could reach this weekend, citing early expectations as high as $115 million to $125 million. But with unstoppable all-audience buzz, based on popularity for Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy, coupled with positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth, “Games” managed to outstrip even the most optimistic pre-weekend tracking predictions.

“We’re now No. 3 among the top domestic openings — the first being Warner Bros. and the third, Lionsgate. That’s just mind-blowing,” enthused Lionsgate marketing topper Tim Palen. “The fact that we didn’t test the film or the trailer is a testament to Jon Feltheimer. “He has the best gut in the business,” Palen added.

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