‘Hunger Games’ Pulls In $155M

    Fans line up to see the midnight shows of "The Hunger Games," at the 34th Street Loews AMC Theatre, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in New York. The film, about children who are forced to compete in a live televised death match in the not-too-distant future, is based on the popular young adult book series by Suzanne Collins. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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    There’s one thing that the boys and girls of The Hunger Games aren’t fighting for, and that’s ticket sales. The film, based on a popular series of young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins, scooped up $155 million in its opening weekend, making it the third-biggest debut in history and the all-time record for a nonsequel, falling behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight. Box-office analysts called the success “totally unprecedented,” citing a strong marketing campaign and the popularity of the novels as reasons for the film’s record weekend.

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