Making history, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games opened to an astounding $155 million at the domestic box office, the third-best debut of all time and the best for any film opening outside of summer.
The Hunger Games made history in its opening weekend in theaters, earning $155 million at the U.S. box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This makes the movie, an adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ dystopian young adult fantasy novel and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, the third-best box office debut of all time, the best film opening for any non-summer movie, and the biggest debut for a nonsequel.
Still ahead of The Hunger Games –– but not by much! — are The Dark Knight, which earned $158.5 million in its July 2008 opening, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which made $169.2 million in its first weekend last summer.