It’s only a matter of hours before “The Hunger Games” becomes Lionsgate’s top-grossing movie of all time. The current incumbent of that title, Michael Moore‘s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” brought in some $119.2 million back in 2004.
On its opening day today, “The Hunger Games” has been breaking all sorts of sales records. It raked in $19.7 million from midnight movie screenings, which is the most a non-sequel has ever earned during that time slot. The only 2-D movies that have ever had a bigger opening in IMAX theaters than “The Hunger Games” have been flicks that debuted in the busy summer and holiday seasons.
Including the strong midnight showings, “The Hunger Games” is tracking for opening box office sales of between $60 million and $75 million. Do you plan to see the film this weekend?