The Hunger Games has shattered a couple of box office records this morning, pulling in an impressive $68.2 million during its opening day run at theaters across the country. $19.7 million of that take is from Thursday's midnight screenings.
The Hunger Games breaks box office records with $68.2 million on opening day
The records broken so far include The Hunger Games becoming the highest grossing non-sequel weekend opener of all time. It also holds the highest non-sequel single day grosses for a film's debut, and it is the highest March opening ever. It also holds the 5th place spot in highest opening days in cinematic history.
The film is garnering great reviews across the board, and currently holds an A+ Cinemascore, which means there will be a lot of repeat business. The Hunger Games shows no signs of slowing down at the box office, and is likely to have pulled in north of $140 million by the time the smoke clears on Monday morning for its exact weekend box office tally. We'll have those numbers for you when they become available.
Expect The Hunger Games to stay at the top of the box office charts for the foreseeable future. Wrath of the Titans, American Reunion, and the re-release of Titanic in 3D serve as its only real threat in the next few weeks to come.
The Hunger Games was released March 23rd, 2012 and stars Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Paula Malcomson. The film is directed by Gary Ross.