'Hunger Games' box office: Australian opening predicts huge U.S. numbers
Meanwhile, Box Office Mojo is predicting one of the biggest openings in movie history. First, because the "Hunger Games" pre-sales are at nearly unprecedented levels. Secondly, because it's opening at over 10,000 screens across 4,137 locations nationwide, which is the biggest release ever for a non-sequel and for a movie released by a non-major studio (Lionsgate is considered a mid-major studio).
Lionsgate's biggest movie to date is Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which took in just shy of $120 million total - a number "The Hunger Games" will most likely eclipse in its opening weekend.
"Hunger Games" advanced ticket sales are third only to "Twilight: New Moon" and "Deathly Hallows Part 2," which opened to $142.8 million and $169.2 million, respectively, so that bodes well for the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' wildly popular first book in the trilogy.
The movie is also opening in two-thirds of the international marketplace its first weekend, so the potential is there for upwards of $200 million for its first three days in the box office.
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