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The “Hunger Games” Has 3rd Largest Opening Weekend Ever

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The “Hunger Games” did not disappoint when it debuted at the box office this past weekend.  It made $155 million in its first three days, behind only last year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 , which made $169 million . . . and 2008’s The Dark Knight”, which pulled in $158 million its first weekend. And when you consider that both those were sequels and part of well-established movie franchises, it makes the “Hunger Games” even more impressive.

As far as all that comparison to “Twilight” . . . well, the original “Twilight” movie made $69.6 million when it came out in 2008, less than HALF of what “The Hunger Games” raked in this weekend.  And even the most successful “Twilight” film, “New Moon”, managed just $143 million in its first three days of release.

Here are the Top Five opening weekends of all time . . .

1.)  “The Deathly Hallows Part 2″, $169 million

2.)  “The Dark Knight”, $158 million

3.)  “The Hunger Games”, $155 million

4.)  “Spider-Man 3″, $151 million

5.)  “New Moon”, $143 million

As we all know, everything celebrities say on Twitter totally matters.  So here’s what they’re saying about “The Hunger Games”:

MILEY CYRUS:  “Happy Hunger Games everyone! :) can’t wait for everyone to see it! Such an amazing film!  JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS GENUIS!”

(But Miley herself?  Not so much.  She spelled genius, G-E-N-U-I-S.  Miley’s boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, plays Gale in the film.)

RYAN SEACREST:  “Romance for the ladies, bloodshed for the fellas … after a century of filmmaking, @TheHungerGames has finally mastered the ultimate date movie.”

KELLY OSBOURNE:  “Just got out of seeing #HungerGames all I have to say is wow! it really is a must see!”

JOEL MCHALE:  “Breaking entertainment news: Jennifer Lawrence crushed to death by avalanche of scripts offered her this morning.”

DARREN CRISS from “Glee”:  “In short, The Hunger Games was great.  They did an awesome job.”

Darren’s co-star CHRIS COLFER:  “Midnight showing of the Hunger Games!  Hot damn.  I’m not a promoter of violence, but I’m so glad I started sai-swords at a young age.”

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