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?