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
Fans line up to see the midnight shows of "The Hunger Games" in NYC.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(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.

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Mar 23, 2012 6:40 PM CDT
Read all 3 books. They illustrate (allegorically) what will happen with a continued central command and control like the Obama (Snow) presidency/dictatorship. The states will lose out big time and become subordinate to the Feds.
Mar 23, 2012 4:17 PM CDT
Just started the book. Excellent read.
Mar 23, 2012 3:41 PM CDT
Skip this PG-13 imitation and go rent yourself Battle Royale. If you're into the concept, you can thank me later.