'Hunger Games': birth of a franchise
The first movie version of Suzanne Collins' 'Hunger Games' book trilogy set records with the third-best opening weekend ever.
Movie of the moment “The Hunger Games” 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 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” which grossed $169.2 million, and the 2008 Batman film “The Dark Knight,” which earned $158.4 million. But because “Harry” and “Knight” are both sequels, “Hunger Games” now holds the record for best opening weekend for any film that is not a sequel.
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.
“Catching Fire,” the next installment in the planned movie quartet, is due in 2013.
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.