'Hunger Games': birth of a franchise(Read article summary)
The first movie version of Suzanne Collins' 'Hunger Games' book trilogy set records with the third-best opening weekend ever.
Movie of the moment â€śThe Hunger Gamesâ€ť raked in a massive opening weekend gross of $155 million, making its opening weekend the third best ever and winning the title of best opening of all time for a non-sequel movie.
The only two movies to have had better opening weekends are the 2011 movie â€śHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows â€“ Part 2,â€ť which grossed $169.2 million, and the 2008 Batman film â€śThe Dark Knight,â€ť which earned $158.4 million. But because â€śHarryâ€ť and â€śKnightâ€ť are both sequels, â€śHunger Gamesâ€ť now holds the record for best opening weekend for any film that is not a sequel.Â
The movie also earned $68 million on its opening day, which gives it the fifth-best opening day ever for a movie. The movie was also well-received by critics.
â€śCatching Fire,â€ť the next installment in the planned movie quartet, is due in 2013.
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.