Cinema pundits have been predicting a record breaking open for director Gary Ross’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins' “The Hunger Games” for weeks. The studio behind the film, Lionsgate, which recently merged with “The Twilight Saga’s” Summit Entertainment must be gratified to learn that in this case, the prognosticators had it right.
“The Hunger Games” came in third for the largest opening weekend of all time behind two of the world’s most popular franchises. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (the final instillation in the beloved wizardarding-world series) held on to the number one position, and “The Dark Knight” (the second in director Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy) retained its spot at number two.
Nolan will have an opportunity to unseat his own, as well as “Potter’s” record when “The Dark Knight Rises” opens in theatres on July 20th. It will be fascinating to see how the box-office numbers continue to unfold for “The Hunger Games” both for this, the first film, as well as the franchise as a whole. The critical response and audience reaction has been overwhelmingly positive and we can only imagine how far this film may climb.
Take a look at what AMC managing editor John Campea has to say about the phenomena in the video below.
If you’ve not yet had the opportunity to see the film and be a part of the conversation you can purchase your tickets for “The Hunger Games” HERE.
Meanwhile, Sony’s uproariously funny “21 Jump Street” held on to the number two spot with $21.3 million and Universal’s family film “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” came in third with $13.1 million.
Source: Coming Soon
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