Lionsgate’s feature-length adaptation of Suzanne Collin’s best-selling young-adult novel enjoyed a monster opening Friday, grossing a whopping $68.3 million at the box office, one of the more lucrative opening days in history. Hunger Games Friday performance, which included nearly $20 million from Thursday midnight runs, puts the project in the same early-earnings neighborhood as the Harry Potter and Twilight film series.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, Hunger Games chronicles the journey of a sixteen-year-old girl, Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Captiol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.
The movie seems as if it will draw nicely in its IMAX version as well (it did $1.3 million for the Thursday midnight showing), which is exactly where this writer intends to view this spring’s hottest feature film.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen filming The Hunger Games