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)
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(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.