As I write this it is predicted that Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games will finish up the weekend with an astounding hundred and $155 million domestic box office, that would be the third best all time debut for a film ever. It also would be the best ever for any film opening outside of summer and the best nonsequal film opening ever.
Fandango sold 22% of all tickets sold for The Hunger Games and they estimate during peak movie hours they sold 17 tickets every second. Domestic box-office revenues were up a whopping 78 percent from a year ago, thanks to the might of Hunger Games, which changes the fortunes of Lionsgate and gives the studio an instant franchise to build around.
The Hunger Games is the big-screen adaptation of Susan Collins novel of the same title starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. If you’d like to know more about the film you can see our review here.
I predict this film will still be going strong for the next few weeks and should easily do $300+ million domestically without breaking a sweat. If you haven’t seen it you probably should because it’s right now easily the best film of the year thus far.