The numbers are in and it is official: the Hunger Games is pulling in some big monies from its midnight sneak-preview opening. Receipts are still being counted, but it looks like the fans have spoken and contributed more than $25 million toward making this flick one of the highest-grossing movies ever.
Though the numbers may be high, Hunger Games still didn’t manage to beat out the current midnight champion Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 1. It appears that the power of tween female hormones still rules.
The midnight preview is just the start of a long and most-likely productive weekend, however, and Lionsgate is looking at seeing some serious income from Hunger Games. Predictions for weekend sales have been as high as an ambitious $130 million plus.
Currently, the two top dogs for opening weekend numbers are Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which holds the March opening record of $116 million, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which has the title of best opening weekend ever at $169 million. Hunger Games is hoping to compete and perhaps take at least one of these titles.
Early reviews of the film are pretty positive, emphasizing a fast-paced quality which still manages to hold on to some of the more serious aspects of the original book. Some people are even making statements that it will be replacing Harry Potter as the teen franchise of choice, though it may be a little too early to be making that sort of prediction.
Will Hunger Games manage to climb to the top of the heap and make its name legend? Only time (and box office receipts) will tell.
Thanks to those at cinemablend for giving us the heads-up on this one.