"The Hunger Games" Makes Box Office History

"The Hunger Games" Makes Box Office History

The best-selling book trilogy turned film smashed many opening day records

by #teamEBONY, March 26, 2012

"The Hunger Games" Makes Box Office History

Only those living underneath rocks would have been able to miss out on the hysteria that was "The Hunger Games" premiere last weekend. Suzanne Collins' best-selling book trilogy turned movie starring It-girl Jennifer Lawrence, Lenny Kravitz, newcomer Amandla Stenberg, and Woody Harrelson has certainly lived up to the hype by shattering box-office records in a matter of hours. According to Lionsgate, "The Hunger Games" amassed a total of $155 million over the weekend in ticket sales, making it the third all-time biggest opening in a three day weekend. 

The tween favorite also demolished a host of additional records, snagging the fifth highest opening day ever, the highest non-summer released film opening ever, the highest non-sequel opening ever, and the highest March opening in history. The film didn't do too shabby internationally either, having grossed an impressive $59.25 at box offices across the world, beating out the first "Twilight" film.

Despite being considered a book for young adults, the film "The Hunger Games" drew in a diverse age range --- audiences were 61% female and 39% male, with 56% ages 25 and older and 44% under age 25. Based on the ratings by both critics and audiences alike, "The Hunger Games" is definitely a must see movie experience for everyone.

Has "The Hunger Games" officially won over America? And, how great were Lenny Kravitz and Amandla Stenberg?

Read it at Deadline.



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