The Hunger Games smash the box office

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“The Hunger Games” did an un-heard of $155 million opening weekend that puts it near the top of the domestic record book. The film marks the third-best debut ever in terms of revenue, behind the $169.2 million opening for last year’s “Harry Potter” finale and the $158.4 million opening of 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” Harry Potter” and “Batman” were well-established franchises. “The Hunger Games” set a revenue record for a non-sequel, taking in more than twice what the first “Twilight” movie did with its $69.6 million opening weekend. Fans camped out for the first screenings of “The Hunger Games,” which began just after midnight Friday. Many fans showed up dressed as favorite characters from the story. With a broader fan base than the “Twilight” franchise, “The Hunger Games” pulled in bigger crowds than the top-grossing installment of that series.

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” leads that franchise with a $142.8 million opening weekend in 2009. Women and girls have made up as much as 80 percent of the audience for the “Twilight” flicks. Though it features a female lead, “The Hunger Games” drew more balanced crowds, with girls and women accounting for 61 percent of audiences, according to distributor Lionsgate. Despite its teen fan base, “The Hunger Games” also did well among older moviegoers. Fans 25 and older made up 56 percent of the crowds. “The Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teen who is one of 24 youths forced to compete in a televised death match in a post-apocalyptic North American society. Did you go to see it?

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