As expected, "The Hunger Games" is killing at the box office this weekend, taking in more than $68 million in the first day of ticket sales. Estimates for the entire weekend range around $140 million as might be expected with the off-the-charts pre-release media buzz and almost uniformaly favorable reviews.
According to boxofficemojo, the adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy ranks fifth on the all-time list behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($91.1 million), New Moon ($72.7 million), Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($71.6 million) and Eclipse ($68.5 million). It also set an opening day record for a non-sequel.
Midnight shows brought in $19.74 million, meaning that the total for regular showtimes was $48.5 million -- more more than Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($47.57 million). It ranks third, behind only Spider-Man 3 ($49.8 million) and The Dark Knight ($48.7 million) in that category, boxofficemojo said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun