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The Hunger Games enjoys third highest US opening of all time

The Hunger Games

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hunger Games has enjoyed the third best film debut of all time in America with a massive $155 million opening.

The figure, which is also the best for any film opening outside of summer, came in not far behind the $158.4 million earned by The Dark Knight in its July 2008 debut.

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 still holds the record for the best debut with $169.2 million in summer 2011.

However, The Hunger Games figure was enough to surpass franchise favourites such as Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million in 2007) and The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8 million in 2009) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($138.1 million last year).

Welcoming the figures, David Spitz – Lionsgate executive vice president of distribution – said: “The numbers just kept growing and growing. And based on the trajectory of the weekend, we are going to have an unbelievable hold. We are going to play and play.

“I think that when we initially looked at this property, we thought we were going to have Twilight numbers in terms of females, but we didn’t.”

The appeal of The Hunger Games has also extended to families in the US, with 49% of those who went to see it under 25.

Elsewhere at the US box office, Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum comedy 21 Jump Street stayed strong, taking a further $21.3 million to bring its domestic total after a fortnight to a healthy $71.1 million.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax came in third with another $13.1 million for a US total of $177.3 million.

And John Carter (fourth with $5 million) and Act of Valor (fifth with $2.1 million) rounded out the top five.

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