Hunger Games Ain’t Going Hungry

UPDATE (3/25): The weekend estimates are in with “The Hunger Games” taking $155 million from Friday to Sunday in the United States, the third biggest domestic box-office opening weekend of all time behind only the final “Harry Potter” film and “The Dark Knight”. It’s also the biggest non-Summer opener and biggest non-sequel opener.

ORIGINAL (3/24): The much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” has exploded out of the starting gate reports Deadline.

After pulling in $19.7 million for midnight showings on Thursday night, the top midnight debut ever for a non-sequel, it’s estimated that the movie took in a further $48.5 million on Friday.

Estimates now have it scoring a whopping $138 million opening weekend, on or around the same amount as last year’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”. It’s expected to easily score the title of the highest opening weekend for a non-sequel.

Reviews have also been quite strong with an 87% (7.3/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, a 68/100 on Metacritic, and an ‘A’ Cinemascore from audiences.

More figures as they come.