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The Hunger Games nets the third highest opening of all time

The Hunger Games has enjoyed a hugely successful opening weekend, topping the US box office with a whopping $155m haul and becoming the third most successful opening of all time in the process.

Having gone to town with saturation marketing, the wall-to-wall press coverage seems to have paid off, with the film also recording the biggest ever debut weekend for a non-sequel. The new Twilight ? It’s already outstripped the most profitable film of that series…

Second place was a veritable galaxy away, with 21 Jump Street taking a comparatively puny $21.3m, whilst The Lorax took £13.1m in third. Meanwhile, the disappointing John Carter continued to flop in fourth on just $5m.

Act Of Valour took fifth spot with just over $2m, whilst none of the bottom five managed to reach that figure. Project X finished sixth with $1.95m, just above A Thousand Words on $1.9m and October Baby on $1.718m.

Safe House and Journey 2 complete the top ten, on $1.39m and $1.37m respectively. After such a mammoth opening, we can expect The Hunger Games to be sitting pretty for a few weeks to come, a fact that won’t have been lost on the teams behind Wrath Of The Titans and Mirror, Mirror , both of which arrive next week…

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.