The Hunger Games made $68.25 million in its first day out, Nikke Finke reports, $19.75 million of which was from its midnight screening alone. That is a record for a midnight opening of a non-sequel movie, and Box Office Mojo notes it's nearly three times the $7 million earned at the first Twilight screening. The movie looks to be on track to earn $140 million by weekend's end, which would make the the biggest non-sequel opening weekend ever, the biggest March opening ever, and the fifth-biggest opening in history.
Some images of Hunger Games fans, demonstrating various levels of commitment to the source material, catching the midnight screenings in L.A. and NYC [via Reuters]:
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