It’s finally time to breathe a sigh of relief. Not only did the film adaptation of The Hunger Games do Suzanne Collins’ book justice, but it also made an absolute killing at the box office, ensuring there’s more to come.
Weekend estimates had The Hunger Games sitting pretty with a $155 million opening domestic total, but the actuals have it just under that at $152,535,747 million, which is still enough to secure the third position on the biggest opening weekend of all time chart. Hunger Games just edges out Spider-Man 3 and its $151,116,516 start, making the only two films to outearn it opening weekend The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Now the big question is: How long can The Hunger Games hold on? While it’s nice to kick things off with such a monumental start, it also leaves a lot more room to fall, something theTwilight movies are very familiar with. While Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and New Moon had massive openings, those opening numbers make up a whopping 49.1% and 48.2% of their total gross, respectively. You know what that means? They experienced some pretty fast declines. Even Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 took a tough weekend one to two tumble, losing 72% of its $169.2 million start.
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