'The Hunger Games' Exceeds Expectations With Record-Setting $155M Debut

on March 25, 2012 by Phil Contrino
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Lionsgate estimates that The Hunger Games will bring in $155 million during its debut frame. The sci-fi flick roped in $68 million on Friday and $51 million on Saturdaythat leaves an estimate of $36 million for Sunday.

The debut marks the best non-sequel opening of all time and it ranks #3 behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II and The Dark Knight Rises. Hunger Games' opening also easily tops Alice in Wonderland's $116 million debut to claim the best March opening of all time.

The audience breakdown for Hunger Games is 61% female/39% male and 56% over 25/44% under 25. The fact that Hunger Games skews older bodes well for its staying power in the weeks to come.

More than 32,400 Flixster users have combined to give Hunger Games a very healthy 95% approval ratinganother indication that Lionsgate's blockbuster won't fall off a cliff next weekend.

Domestic comparison data:

March 25-27, 2011: $121,450,000
March 23-25, 2012: $218,000,000*
Total Increase: $96,550,000, +79.5%*

*estimate

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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