Lionsgate Filmâ€™s â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ premiered in the top spot with an estimated $155 million over the weekend.
It was the third highest total in history and the highest ever for a non-sequel for a weekend. Only last yearâ€™s â€œHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsâ€”Part 2â€ with $169.2 million and 2008â€™s â€œThe Dark Knightâ€ with $158.4 million had higher openings.
In addition, the film also ranked fifth in the all-time list for fifth-best opening day on Friday with $68.25 million. The film received a very strong CinemaScore from the audiences with an â€œAâ€ and Rotten Tomatoesâ€™ critic score was at 86 percent.
Many analysts pegged the projected $78-million budgeted film to earn from $135 to $140 million over the weekend.
The anticipated Gary Ross-film starred Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. It is adapted from a Suzanne Collinâ€™s novel about a young girl that must fight to the death on live television.
In second place, comedy â€œ21 Jump Streetâ€ dropped to $21.3 million, a decrease of 41.3 million from the previous weekend.
â€œDr. Seussâ€™ The Loraxâ€ earned $13.1 million for third place. It was a 42.5 percent drop from the previous weekend, but its total four-week gross is over $177.3 million.
Fourth placeâ€™s â€œJohn Carterâ€ had a steep drop of 63.1 percent to earn $5 million. And in fifth place, â€œAct of Valorâ€ garnered $2 million, a drop of 44.8 percent from the previous weekend.
For next weekend, â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ will face many box office challengers including the sequel â€œWrath of the Titans,â€ â€œMirror Mirrorâ€ and hockey comedy â€œGoon.â€
Here is the WEEKEND BOX OFFICE REPORT for March 23-25, 2012:
|1.||The Hunger Games||$155 million|
|2.||21 Jump Street||$21.3 million|
|3.||Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax||$13.1 million|
|4.||John Carter||$5 million|
|5.||Act of Valor||$2 million|
|6.||Project X||$1.95 million|
|7.||A Thousand Words||$1.925 million|
|8.||October Baby||$1.718 million|
|9.||Safe House||$1.4 million|
|10.||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||$1.373 million|