'Hunger Games' box office: Australian opening predicts huge U.S. numbers

hunger-games-imax-poster.jpg"The Hunger Games" is looking to possibly make movie history at the box office. It opened in Australia Friday (March 23) at midnight and Deadline is reporting its earnings numbers are the U.S. dollar equivalent to $1.8 million, which is bigger than both "Iron Man" and "Quantum of Solace's" first-day earnings down under.

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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