Box Office Report: 'Hunger Games' Posts Official Opening of $152.2 Million

1:20 PM PST 03/26/2012 by Pamela McClintock
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The final tally number came in slightly lower than Sunday's $155 million estimate, but the Lionsgate feature remains the third-highest domestic opening ever.

With every box office dollar now counted, the final opening tally for goliath The Hunger Games is $152.5 million.

That's slightly lower than Lionsgate's Sunday estimate of $155 million, but it doesn't change the movie's vaunted status.

Hunger Game shattered a number of records, and is the highest opening ever for a nonsequel or film debuting outside of summer. (Previous record-holder was Alice in Wonderland, which debuted to $116 million in March 2010.)

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Just as impressive, Hunger Games delivered the third-highest opening of all time domestically, besting Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8 million) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 ($138.1 million).

Hunger Games ranks behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million).

Directed by Gary Ross and produced by Nina Jacobson, Hunger Games is based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling young adult novel and headlines Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

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Box office observers believe Hunger Games has a shot at ultimately earning $350 million to $400 million at the domestic box office, although fan-fueled film properties often drop off more quickly than other tentpoles.

Hunger Games isn't doing the same blockbuster business overseas, where it opened to a solid, but unspectacular, $59.3 million. The pic did best in English-speaking territories.

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