Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Greg Goodsell

3/27/2012 (4 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Novel adaptation scores $155 million opening weekend

There was no doubt that the opening for the movie adaptation of the phenomenally popular "Hunger Games" was going to be huge. "Hunger Games" made history, earning an astounding $155 million at the domestic box office. The film's debut was the third-best debut of all time and the best for any film opening outside of summer.

'Hunger Games''debut was the third-best debut of all time and the best for any film opening outside of summer.

"Hunger Games'"debut was the third-best debut of all time and the best for any film opening outside of summer.

Highlights

By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/27/2012 (4 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: The Hunger Games, box office, movies, novel adaptation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Hunger Games," based upon Suzanne Collins' best-selling young-adult novel and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth won the honor of being the biggest opening for a non-sequel.

"It was the perfect storm. Having the first film in a franchise to be so gigantic is amazing. We had a great book and a great director in Gary Ross," Lionsgate president of marketing Tim Palen, whose team is credited with a sophisticated campaign, says.

It was a fortuitous opening after a long period of box office slump. The domestic box office revenues were up a whopping 78 percent from a year ago, thanks to "Hunger Games," changing the fortunes of Lionsgate. The studio will now make three more films by splitting the final book in Collins' trilogy into two movies.

"Hunger Games" didn't open as strongly as it did overseas. The film did have a solid bow of $59.3 million from 67 markets. "Hunger Games' " worldwide opening was marked at $214.3 million.

"Hunger Games" is projected to place No. 1 in virtually every foreign market, but did best in English-speaking territories, and particularly Australia, where it debuted to $6.7 million. "Hunger Games" turned in $7.5 million in the U.K., despite unseasonably warm weather, which often keeps consumers outside.

"Hunger Games" was not far behind the $158.4 million earned by "The Dark Knight" in its July 2008 debut. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" holds the record for best debut with $169.2 million in summer 2011.

Among the past films that "Hunger Games" surpassed in its opening weekend were "Spider-Man 3" ($151.1 million in 2007), "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" ($142.8 million in 2009) and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" ($138.1 million last year).

"Hunger Games" also enjoyed strong audience approval rating. Those under the age of 25 gave the film a glowing A+ and those over 25 an A-. Tweens and teens turned out in force for the film, with 39 percent of the audience younger than 18, according to CinemaScore exit polling.

The secret to the movie's strength is that it is appealing to males as well as females, unlike the femme-heavy "Twilight" franchise, another blockbuster film property based on a young-adult book series. Males made up 39 percent of "Hunger Games' " Friday night audience.

The top ten at the nation's box offices were:

1. "The Hunger Games"
2. "21 Jump Street"
3. "The Lorax"
4. "John Carter"
5. "Act of Valor"
6. "Project X"
7. "October Baby"
8. "A Thousand Words"
9. "Journey 2: Mysterious Island"
10. "Casa De Mi Padre"

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Movies

The MUST-READ 2016 'Ben-Hur' Review (NO SPOLIERS) Watch

Image of

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The 2016 "Ben-Hur" remake wows with an adrenaline-inducing chariot race and heartbreaking tale of betrayal. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The remake of classic film "Ben-Hur" maintains a similar story line as the 1959 version but portrays an updated version ... continue reading


Pope Francis blesses Ben-Hur actor and actors pull own stunts - Everything you need to know in tell-all exclusive interview with Roma Downey Watch

Image of Ben-Hur will be available nationwide in theaters August 19.

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During an exclusive interview with Catholic Online, Hollywood film producer Roma Downey offered some behind-the-scenes insight to the upcoming film "Ben-Hur." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Downey, who starred in the CBS series "Touched by an Angel," is an actress ... continue reading


Ben-Hur reimagined: Read the EXCLUSIVE interview with producer Roma Downey now! Watch

Image of Ben-Hur 2016.

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Read the transcript of Roma Downey's exclusive interview with Catholic Online. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Downey was interviewed Friday, August 12 in regards to the remake of the cinema classic Ben-Hur.The 2016 release features the talents of Jack Huston and ... continue reading


What is a miracle? New film aims to explain the unexplainable Watch

Image of idisciple.org

By Tonia Borsellino (CNA)

For both skeptics and believers, miracles have captivated people's attention for thousands of years. Swansea, United Kingdom (CNA) - That same intrigue led St. Anthony Communications to produce their latest film, 'Miracles.'The 35-minute documentary is the first of a ... continue reading


Film spotlights Hillsong UNITED's remarkable journey from a youth group band at Hillsong Church to a worldwide recording and concert sensation Watch

Image of

By Press Release

Pure Flix is distributing HILLSONG-LET HOPE RISE, the highly anticipated feature film that chronicles the spectacular and miraculous rise to prominence of the Australia-based band, Hillsong UNITED. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Directed by Michael John Warren ... continue reading


Witness the Coming of Christ...to virtual reality Watch

Image of The Story of Christ is coming to virtual reality for the first time (The Story of Christ).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Looking for a new way to immerse yourself in the story of Jesus Christ? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Engadget, virtual reality is an opportunity to fully engage an audience in a film like never before.Producers and directors are moving toward the ... continue reading


Jesus to reach 6.5 million more people? Watch

Image of The JESUS Film will reach millions more after being translated into eight new languages (Amazon).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Millions around the world have no idea who Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is - but now 6.5 million people will be able to learn about Christ in a way they can clearly understand. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - <a href=http://www.jesusfilm.org/>The JESUS Film ... continue reading


'He was a Primitive Baptist': Matthew McConaughey on new Bible-based film Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

According to actor Matthew McConaughey, his latest film "Free State of Jonas" is not just a historical film - it is also a Biblical one. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Free State of Jonas" centers around Newton Knight, who brings together a small band of farmers ... continue reading


Pope Pius IX portrayed in Steven Spielberg's latest film Watch

Image of Latest Spielberg movie features Pope Pius IX (WikiMedia Commons).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Steven Spielberg's latest film, "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," will tell the true story of how a six-year-old's kidnapping relates to Pope Pius IX, the crumbling of the then Papacy and how Italy was unified through the culmination of events. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


True story behind 'Miracles From Heaven' Watch

Image of Annabel Beam shares story of how God cured her of lifelong illness (PA Real Life).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Annabel Beam was only 9-years-old when she fell down a hollowed-out tree and landed on her skull. Despite other horror stories in which spines were snapped and skulls were broken, Annabel emerged with a few scratches and a miracle: She was cured of a lifelong illness. ... continue reading


All Movies News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 1:1-9
1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 Day after day I shall bless you, I shall praise your name for ever and ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 24:42-51
42 'So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 25th, 2016 Image

St. Louis King of France
August 25: St. Louis, King of France, patron of Tertiaries, ... Read More