The highly anticipated film “The Hunger Games” did not disappoint at the box office on its opening day. The film took in $68.25 million at the North American box office. That was good enough for the fifth highest opening day ever, and the best for a non-sequel. The movie made $19.7 million in midnight showings, which was the seventh best ever behind only the Twilight movies and three Harry Potter films according to Fox News.
“The Hunger Games” is now expected to make around $140 million in its opening weekend. Experts believe it will pull in around $300 million over its entire domestic run. The budget for the film was around $80. The studio behind the movie, Lionsgate, has never had a film make more than $120 million. They spent roughly $30 million advertising the movie, so the studio is going to make quite a profit on the flick.
“The Hunger Games” is based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. Collins co-wrote and co-produced the movie version as well. It is the first book in a trilogy, and after the success of the first film the rest are sure to be turned into movies. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.