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Can premiere of 'The Hunger Games' have a box office record-breaking weekend?

BY YURI RESETOVSHungerGamesPoster1_opt
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The latest in high-budget movie adaptations of young adult novels is hitting theaters tomorrow, Friday March 23, with a devoted crowd excitedly waiting to see it in less than 12 hours. The new trilogy kicks off with The Hunger Games, based on a novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.

The novel, which was praised for its exciting adventure style, has won numerous awards since its publication in 2008 and received a spur of attention as the movie release date comes knocking on the front door.  Even “Twilight” author Stephanie Meyer endorsed the book, calling it “amazing” on her website.

Originally projected to take in around $70 million in its opening weekend to rival the film interpretation of another young adult novel Twilight, Games is now on the verge of a record-breaking opening weekend. The only March debut to enter Biggest Weekends was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland from 2010 and stands at Number 10 with $116 million. The film’s publicity and marketing campaign are a driving force behind the speculated strong turnout, writes Cara Kelly for the Washington Post.

The Hunger Games is now projected to rake in between $125 and 140 million for its three-day opening, and could break Twilight’s second and fourth installments which hold the fourth and fifth spots on the chart: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 at Number 5 with $138 million and The Twilight Saga: New Moon at Number 4 with $143 million.

Besides a strong heroine enticing female viewers, the male gender also has a big drive to see the film, Newsday reports. The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic setting in a dystopian future in which a totalitarian Capitol selects teenagers to fight to the death in an annual televised battle, which is set as a reminder and punishment for a previous rebellion against the regime. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the main character Katniss Everdeen, has gained tremendous respect for her breakout performance in 2010’s Winter’s Bone.

Strong positive reviews have praised the film for a faithful adaptation of the novel; the author of the book contributed to the film’s screenplay and is directed by Gary Ross, whose previous achievements include Pleasantville (1998) and Seabiscuit (2003), among others. Out of 110 reviews on the movie website rottentomatoes.com, 99 have given Games a “fresh” rating, giving the film a Tomatometer of 89 percent. Twilight competitors are branded “rotten,” holding 28 percent for New Moon and 25 percent for Breaking Dawn, Part 1.

There is, as always, an edge of negativity towards the novel and movie; it has been cited that Games is strikingly similar to the Japanese novel Battle Royale (1999) which was turned into a Japanese thriller the following year. Other critics have said that the novel is too controversial, ranking in at Number 5 in American Library Association’s “Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010” for its being “sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence.” Other books on the list include Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World as well as Meyer’s Twilight.

Nevermind all that, though, as the film's estimated $78 million budget will be eclipsed by its profits and we will see the rest of the trilogy in theaters before long.The movie, akin to the followers of the books, is rated PG-13. 

The 20 Biggest Opening Weekends at the Box Office:

Rank

Date

Movie

Gross

Theaters

Per Theater

Total Gross

Days

1

7/15/2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

$169,189,427

4,375

$38,672

$169,189,427

3

2

7/18/2008

The Dark Knight

$158,411,483

4,366

$36,283

$158,411,483

3

3

5/4/2007

Spider-Man 3

$151,116,516

4,252

$35,540

$151,116,516

3

4

11/20/2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

$142,839,137

4,024

$35,497

$142,839,137

3

5

11/18/2011

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1

$138,122,261

4,061

$34,012

$138,122,261

3

6

7/7/2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

$135,634,554

4,133

$32,817

$135,634,554

3

7

5/7/2010

Iron Man 2

$128,122,480

4,380

$29,252

$128,122,480

3

8

11/19/2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

$125,017,372

4,125

$30,307

$125,017,372

3

9

5/18/2007

Shrek the Third

$121,629,270

4,122

$29,507

$122,536,609

3

10

3/5/2010

Alice in Wonderland

$116,101,023

3,728

$31,143

$116,101,023

3

11

5/3/2002

Spider-Man

$114,844,116

3,615

$31,769

$114,844,116

3

12

5/25/2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

$114,732,820

4,362

$26,303

$127,972,864

3

13

6/18/2010

Toy Story 3

$110,307,189

4,028

$27,385

$110,307,189

3

14

6/26/2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

$108,966,307

4,234

$25,736

$200,077,255

5

15

5/20/2005

Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith

$108,435,841

3,661

$29,619

$158,449,700

4

16

5/21/2004

Shrek 2

$108,037,878

4,163

$25,952

$128,983,060

5

17

5/26/2006

X-Men: The Last Stand

$102,750,665

3,690

$27,846

$102,750,665

3

18

11/18/2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

$102,685,961

3,858

$26,616

$102,685,961

3

19

5/2/2008

Iron Man

$102,118,668

4,105

$24,877

$102,118,668

3

20

5/23/2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

$100,137,835

4,260

$23,507

$125,178,907

4

 

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