After a nearly $20 million take in midnight showings alone, and an outstanding $68 million on Friday, Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games” looks to pull in somewhere around $140 to $150 million for its first weekend when all is said and done.
So basically, this thing is going to make lots and lots of money. Unlike “John Carter” and all the other wannabe movie franchises that pop out of Hollywood every other week, I think it’s safe to pencil in the “Hunger Games” sequels for 2013 and 2014, don’t you think?
In terms of all-time midnight showings, “Hunger Games” comes in 7th place, trailing three “Twilight” movies and three “Harry Potter” films, all sequels, with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”, the last film in the franchise, pulling in a mind-boggling $43 million. I can’t even begin to estimate how many people must have seen the film during those first few hours of Friday to even come up with that kind of number. In terms of being a non-sequel, though, “Hunger Games” is tops all-time.
The current record holder for best opening weekend that isn’t a sequel is Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, which claimed the spot with $116 million. That record looks to be in jeopardy, as industry estimates have “The Hunger Games” easily surpassing that by the time the final receipts are counted on Sunday night. For all-time, it’ll have to surpass the final “Harry Potter” movie’s $169 million, “The Dark Knight’s” $158 million, and “Spider-Man 3’s” $151 million.
Via : Box Office Mojo