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March 26, 2012  | by: Deidra Goggin

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

Well we all knew it was going to happen, but did we know it would be this big? Jennifer Lawrence’s big movie debuted at number one, obviously, but the numbers were even bigger than expected!

Just on opening day, The Hunger Games grossed $68.3 million. Yes, that amount is in just one day. The box office smash would continue to earn more and more millions of dollars throughout the weekend. Prior to the weekend opening, many reports projected the movie would earn $130 or $140 million, but even those reports were off. As of Sunday, it looked like The Hunger Games grossed a whopping $155 million! That means this movie is the third most grossing movie of all time, right behind The Dark Knight ($158.5 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ($169.2 million).

The film had great reviews and had an expected fan base from those who read author Suzanne Collins’ books. These fans probably saw the movie at midnight or on opening day and many of them likely went and saw it again, helping to propel this movie into earning what it has.

This seems like it is just the beginning for this bankable franchise since Suzanne Collins has two more books following Katniss Everdeen around, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I cannot wait to see how soon the next film comes out and what the earning potential is for it!

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