The Hunger Games scores third-highest US opening weekend
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
The Hunger Games, the dystopian action film tipped to become a teen franchise on a par with the Twilight series, has enjoyed the third-highest-grossing opening weekend in US history.
The film, adapted from the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins, took in $155m (£97m) as fans camped out for screenings that started at midnight on Friday. The performance was only bettered by the $158.4m taken by the Batman film The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which took $169.2m on its opening weekend last year.
The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, left, as 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who competes in a reality show fight to the death against other teenagers. It is the highest-ever US opening for a film not part of an existing franchise, comfortably beating the first Twilight movie, which took $69.6m in its first weekend.
But the performance outside its home market was not so stellar. Despite topping the charts in many countries, it brought in just $59.3m in 67 markets including the UK, France and Germany.
The buzz around The Hunger Games has seen a rush of lucrative merchandise deals, including board games, posters, trading cards – and a new Barbie doll inspired by the film's heroine.
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