Hunger Games Wins Monster $155M Weekend

Unseats 'Spider-Man,' 'Twilight' series
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2012 11:25 AM CDT
Opening night of 'The Hunger Games' at the Regal Cinemas LA LIVE Stadium on March 22, 2012 in Los Angeles.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The Hunger Games is the smashing victor of the weekend's box office, vaulting past Spider-Man 3 and the Twilight saga to grab the No. 3 biggest opening weekend of all time with $155 million. It's the biggest opening ever for a non-sequel, notes the Hollywood Reporter, and lags behind only The Dark Knight's $158.3 million, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2's $169.2 million.

Hunger Games scored particularly well with the under-18 crowd, and perhaps surprisingly, with males (as opposed to Twilight's dominance among girls). "The numbers just kept growing and growing. And based on the trajectory of the weekend, we are going to have an unbelievable hold. We are going to play and play," crows a Lionsgate rep.

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