Friday Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Scores $68.2 Million Opening. Highest Ever For Non-Sequel

     March 24, 2012

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If you follow the box office at all you probably knew that The Hunger Games was going to open huge.  Tickets for advance screenings sold out weeks ago (the film had the third-highest pre-sales record in history) and the film’s $19.7 million midnight haul was the highest ever for a non-sequel release.  About the only question left to answer for the adaptation of the Suzanne Collins best-seller, then, was how huge was huge going to get?  This morning, estimates give The Hunger Games $68.2 million for all of Friday so… pretty big.  That falls short of the opening-days of both The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse though it is another record for a first-time property.  At this point the film will definitely break the all-time March opening record of $116.1 million and could go as high as $138 over the weekend, which would put Hunger Games close to the top five highest-debut weekends in history.  Check back tomorrow for analysis and details.

Title Friday Total
1 The Hunger Games $68,250,000 $68.2
2 21 Jump Street $6,250,000 $56
3 The Lorax $3,200,000 $167.4
4 John Carter $1,359,000 $58.6
5 Project X $625,000 $50.4
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