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Box Office: 'Hunger Games' has third-highest debut ever [Video]

March 26, 2012 | 12:18 pm

The Hunger Games was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
"The Hunger Games" had the third-highest debut ever at the box office over the weekend -- not accounting for inflation -- raking in an estimated $155 million in ticket sales.

The movie about teenagers battling to the death resonated with young and old alike, as 56% of the audience was over age 25. The film, which stars 21-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, also attracted more men than the most recent "Twilight" movie was able to pull in. Roughly 61% of those who saw "The Hunger Games" this weekend were women, compared to a 80% female contingent for the last "Twilight" installment.

So what does the massive box office haul mean for its studio backer, Lionsgate? And just how many tickets will the film be able to pull in by the end of its theatrical run? Check out this week's box office video review for details.


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--Amy Kaufman


Photo: Stanley Tucci and Jennifer Lawrence star in "The Hunger Games." Credit: Lionsgate