|Still from The Hunger Games|
We all predicted greatness, but this is amaze! The Hunger Games in its opening weekend has become the fourth highest opening weekend for a Film ever with $155 million from 4,137 theatres in North America. Also, according to Deadline, this sets a record for highest opening weekend ever for a non-sequel Film. To put it into perspective, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I in November 2011 earned $138.1 in its opening weekend. With stellar reviews (87% on Rotten Tomatoes), Moviegoers will be in "hunger" mode for a while by the looks of it and also international numbers have yet to come in still, but this is legendary. Congratulations, Lionsgate and Alliance Films - well played.
Meanwhile, last week's Champ 21 Jump Street continues to perform above expectations in second in its second week with $21 million, undoubtedly aided by Moviegoers who couldn't get into sold-out The Hunger Games screenings, looking for an alternative choice.
In third is Dr. Seuss' The Lorax which is going strong in third in this its fourth week, with $14 million. To date it has made a stellar $176 million domestically for Universal Pictures.
John Carter tallies in at number four, trailing distantly behind The Lorax with $5.3 million. Although its North American numbers seem to be below par, internationally the Action-Fantasy has made $184 million thus far, hopefully on its way to helping Disney recoup some of that $250 million budget. It's looking like this one might fare well in On-Demand, Home Video formats.
Opening in only 398 theatres is the Faith-themed October Baby with $1.8 million in eighth spot and rounding out the Top Ten is another Josh Hutcherson-starring Film, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island in its seventh week of release with $1.4 million.