The numbers are in, The Hunger Games is set to rake in a whopping $155 million! Damn Katniss. Way to not only pwn Bella Swan, but Spider-Man, too!
This massive gross has earned The Hunger Games quite the spot in opening weekend records. It’s officially beat out every Twilight film, with the closest competition coming from Breaking Dawn – Part 1 at $138.1 million and New Moon at$ 142.8 million. The flick now has the third highest grossing opening weekend of all time! It’s just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 at $169.2 million and The Dark Knight at $158.4 million. The Hunger Games just beat out Spider-Man 3 which had a opening weekend gross of $151.1 million.
I don’t think it could have had a better weekend. Not only did it make quite the pretty penny for Lionsgate, but it’s managed to please just about everyone. The Hunger Games smashed the Twilight movies and I believe all of us here are truly joyed by that news. It also trumped that godawful Spider-Man 3, which was only the highest grossing of the Spider-Man films because they so cruelly raised our hopes it would the best of them all, not the worst, so we all foolishly emptied our wallets opening weekend.
But it also managed to not raise any serious animosity from other powerful fandoms. The Hunger Games is sitting neatly behind Harry Potter and Batman, as it should be. Hunger Games was an awesome movie, I loved every minute of it (Read Nerd Bastards’ official review here!) but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s no franchise yet. It’s not a culmination of eight films and ten years of waiting. It’s not one of the most incredible sequels to one of the most exciting and popular rebooted franchises of the past 20 years.
It’s the first film in what is likely to becomes a great trilogy. Assuming of course they don’t split the final book into two films, but I have a sneaky suspicion in a few years we’ll all be freaking out over The Hungers Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. What is impressive is The Hunger Games had the largets non-sequel debut, and that’s very good news for a trilogy, or fourology.
Did you see The Hunger Games this weekend? Did if live up to the hype? Are you amped for a sequel?
Of course, with the movies that are being released this year I don’t think The Hunger Games current record is safe for long. On their way is The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journery. Just to name a little of the upcoming competition.