Hunger Games Takes in $20M Overnight

It's a midnight record for a non-sequel

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 23, 2012 3:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sold-out theaters scored a record-breaking $19.7 million for The Hunger Games at its midnight premiere last night. The box office receipts rank as the highest midnight total for a non-sequel, reports Entertainment Weekly, and the blockbuster is well on its way to an opening weekend above $100 million. The midnight take was the seventh-highest ever behind three Harry Potter sequels and three Twilight sequels. Click to read what critics think of the movie.

Fans line up to see the midnight shows of The Hunger Games in NYC.
Fans line up to see the midnight shows of "The Hunger Games" in NYC.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Tyler Domino, 24, waits in line to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games in NYC.
Tyler Domino, 24, waits in line to see the midnight showing of "The Hunger Games" in NYC.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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