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Hunger Games Opens Huge at Midnight Screenings

Jennifer Lawrence stars as 'Katniss Everdeen' in THE HUNGER GAMES.

Hunger Games has only been out for eleven hours (EST), and predictably, it's already raking in the cash. Early tracking puts the movie's midnight box-office earnings at "north of $25 million," and possibly as high as $30 million — a figure that would tie it with the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 still holds the all-time midnight-box-office record, with $43.5 million.) By all estimates, Hunger Games is still on track for a $100 million-plus opening weekend, so be prepared for a lot of "girl on fire" dresses if you venture out into the movie wilds. And maybe bring a fire extinguisher. Just in case!

Photo: Photo credit: Murray Close