For a while now, box-office seers have predicted that The Hunger Games’ opening day was going to be huge. Just consider the 2,000 sold-out midnight screenings — the line at one AMC Loews Theater around 30th Street in Manhattan literally circled the block. But at $68.3 million, The Hunger Games’ first-day take exceeded nearly all those (already high) expectations. It’s the fifth-best premiere ever, and in fact the best ever for a non-sequel. All of which bodes very well for Catching Fire and Mockingjay, which fans are likely already feverishly counting down to.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as ‘Katniss Everdeen’ in THE HUNGER GAMES. Photo: Photo credit: Murray Close