Sorry Bella, Katniss Has More Box-Office Power Than You! "The Hunger Games" Scores Third Biggest Opening Ever! 


We all predicted that "The Hunger Games" would take the box-office crown this past weekend but I didn't think we knew just how much! Well, suffice it to say that Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" was a bonafide box-office bonanza scoring the third-best debut of all time, and the best for any film opening outside of summer! ("The Hunger Games" movie review)

"The Hunger Games," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Collins from the bestselling young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins," sold $155 million worth of box-office tickets, claiming the top spot and broke box-office records including having the biggest opening for a non-sequel.

The film now sits close to the top of the all-time box-office heap with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169.2 million) at No. 1 and "The Dark Knight" ($158.4 million) at No. 2. "The Hunger Games" rightfully claimed the No. 3 all-time spot scoring a huge opening bigger than any of the "Twilight" films including the franchise's biggest opener, "New Moon" ($142.8 million). (Enter our fun "Hunger Games" contest right here)

"Hunger Games" also scored record-breaking Imax numbers ($10.6 million) giving it a best opening for a 2D Imax non-sequel.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "21 Jump Street," fell to No. 2. Starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the big-screen adaptation of the Fox show starring featuring Johnny Depp fell 41 percent with $21.3 million box-office take. So far, the action comedy has a domestic total of $71.1 million. ("21 Jump Street" movie review)

At No. 3 was "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" which continued to shine with $13.1 million. So far, the Universal and Illumination's animated film featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Danny Devito has a domestic total of $177.3 million.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of March 23rd, thereby known as "The Hunger Games" weekend:

1. The Hunger Games, 1/4,137, Lionsgate, $155 million.
2. 21 Jump Street, 2/3,121, Sony/MGM, $21.3 million, $71.1 million.
3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, 4/3,677, Universal/Illumination, $13.1 million, $177.3 million.
4. John Carter, 3/3,212, Disney, $5 million, $62.3 million.
5. Act of Valor, 5/2,216, Relativity/Bandito Brothers, $2.1 million, $65.9 million.
6. Project X, 4/2,068, Warner Bros., $1.95 million, $51.8 million.
7. A Thousand Words, 3/1,787, Paramount/DreamWorks, $1.93 million, $14.9 million.
8. October Baby, 1/390, Samuel Goldwyn Films, $1.7 million.
9. Safe House, 7/1,330, Universal, $1.39 million, $122.6 million.
10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 7/1,340, New Line/Warner Bros., $1.37 million, $97.2 million.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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