Magazine article Screen International

Katniss and Co Leap into Record Books with $155M US Debut

Magazine article Screen International

Katniss and Co Leap into Record Books with $155M US Debut

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Lionsgate's The Hunger Games beat the opening weekend of every Twilight film to date and secured the third biggest launch of all time, the biggest non-sequel debut and the biggest March debut to signal the arrival of the next monster pop culture franchise.

The first adaptation from the trilogy of dystopian bestsellers by Suzanne Collins cost around $80m to produce and overtook the lifetime gross of Fahrenheit 9/11 on $119.2m to become Lionsgate's biggest release after a mere two days.

The Hunger Games grossed an estimated $155m from 4,137 North American theatres powered by that mighty $19.75m midnight result and combined with the $59.3m international tally for a $214.3m worldwide launch.

Gary Ross directed the story of a rebellious young girl from an impoverished background who is sent to compete in a gladiatorial reality TV show orchestrated by a brutal regime. Jennifer Lawrence stars as the heroine Katniss Everdeen alongside Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth.

For the record the two biggest debuts at the North American box office remain Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 on $169.2m in July 2011 and The Dark Knight on $158.4m in July 2008.

Trailing way behind in second place was MGM-Sony's action comedy 21 Jump Street, which in its second weekend added $21.3m in its second weekend to reach a commendable $71.1m while Universal's family hit The Lorax in third place stands at $177.3m after four and Disney's flop John Carter in fourth place has reached $62. …

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