'The Hunger Games' Already Breaking Box Office Records

March 24, 2012 By:
'The Hunger Games' Already Breaking Box Office Records

Apparently, instead of watching Kim K get pelted with flour last night, a lot of people were watching something with slightly more action and thrill: The Hunger Games.

The movie opened in 2,565 theaters at midnight last night, and it’s already shattering records. It opened with $19.75 million, making it the all-time highest grossing non-sequel in history. It’s also now the seventh biggest midnight debut of all time.

In total, The Hunger Games is expected to rake in as much as $125 million of the weekend.

Lionsgate spent approximately $80 million on making the movie, which centers on a group of kids who are chosen to participate in a televised battle to the death. Think Toddlers & Tiaras, only interesting.

The Hunger Games will now expand to 4,137 locations. If it reaches the $125 million mark, it will be the biggest March debut of all time, even more than Alice in Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland opened to more than $116 million in 2010.

Here are the Top 10 Midnight Openings of All Time, thanks to IMDB:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - $43.5 million

2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - $30.3 million

3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - $30.1 million

4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $26.3 million

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - $24 million

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $22.2 million

7. The Hunger Games - $19.7 million

8. The Dark Knight - $18.5 million

9. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - $16.5 million

9. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - $16 million