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