March 25, 2012

BOXOFFICE GAMES: “Hunger Games” Very Early Day 2 Number – 3/24/12s


Deadline is reporting that Saturday’s boxoffice for THE HUNGER GAMES is heading for $50M.  This is obviously a very preliminary figure–some late night west coast shows haven’t even started yet, much less been reported back to the studio.  But if the number holds, it would mean that Hunger Games is an even more phenomenal hit than it had already seemed to be.  A $50M Saturday would be the 2d highest of all time, behind only Spider-Man 3‘s $51.3M, and would mean that Hunger Games declined only about 27% from its massive Friday gross, better than The Dark Knight, either part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and all the Twilights managed to do.  

With $118.3M already earned for Friday/Saturday, the reported numbers would also virtually guarantee a $150M opening weekend for Hunger Games, which would be one of the top 4 openings ever.  In addition, it would demonstrate superb word of mouth, which would put Hunger Games in position for strong holds in the weeks to come.  
But these are, as noted, unofficial figures for now.  Stay with SHOWBUZZDAILY all weekend for updated boxoffice and analysis!

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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."