Those wondering whether The Hunger Games could put up Twilight numbers ... well, what if we told you The Hunger Games put up better numbers than any of the Twilight movies so far? Early predictions had the hotly-anticipated film finishing its opening weekend with somewhere between $90 and $110 million, but The Hunger Games surprised with a whopping $155 million, giving it the third best opening of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169 million) and The Dark Knight ($158 million). That gives Lionsgate its best opening ever as a studio, and a fantastic start for what is now officially Hollywood's next monster franchise.
The Hunger Games took in $68 million on Friday, $51 million on Saturday and $36 million on Sunday, and while these are just early estimates and the final number is likely to change a drop, it's still a significant accomplishment and immediately grants its starring trio -- Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth -- an express ticket to superstardom.
Meanwhile, 21 Jump Street remained strong in its second weekend, pulling in $20 million in its second week of release. The Lorax finished third with $13.1 million, while John Carter continued its painful nose dive at the box office, finishing with just $5 million in only its third week of release. The weekend's other big success story was The Raid: Redemption, which followed up its ridiculously-buzzed festival run with $220,937 in only 14 locations, giving it a huge $15,781 per theater average. The foreign action film, which is staging a English-language remake as we speak, will expand to additional theaters next weekend, and could be on its way to becoming one of this year's biggest success stories.