Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Odds Were In Its Favor...

It's an after-thought at this point to say that The Hunger Games was triumphant over the weekend.  The young adult phenom created by Suzanne Collins earned $155 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend.
The records it set, or how Hollywood marks a film a success:
  • 3rd largest opening weekend in history (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight.)
    • Biggest opening weekend for a non-sequel.
    • Biggest opening weekend in the first 4 months of the calendar year (Eclipsing Alice in Wonderland, which minted $110 million in 2010.)
  • 5th largest opening day gross ($68 million)
  • 2nd fastest film to earn over $100 million (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.)
  • Highest grossing film in distributor Lions Gate Film history (slaughtering previous champ Fahrenheit 9/11 in two days.)
  • Highest grossing film for director Gary Ross, and any member of its principle cast.
  • Largest opening weekend for a film centered around a female protagonist-- no one's mentioning that record...
I'm sure I'm missing a few-- box office land is full of vague, seemingly just invented records to boast-- best non-holiday\non-sequel opening for a film about a dog, etc.  The point is it was huge, now I question its legacy...

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