Hunger Games Earns $19.7 Million; Sets Record For Non-Sequel Midnight Opening
This makes Hunger Games the highest grossing midnight screening - ever - for a non-sequel, and seventh overall behind the Twilight and Harry Potter movies.
The film even managed to out perform Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, which garnished $18 million for its midnight opening.
Hunger Games opened at 2,500 plus theaters last night, with over 4,100 today, and is estimated to bring in a three day gross of between $90 and $110 million.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.