If there were any questions as to whether Lionsgate had a hit on its hands with director Gary Ross’ adaptation of The Hunger Games, they were answered by nationwide midnight screenings. According to Variety, the film made anywhere between $20 million and $30 million last night, which already puts it just short of 21 Jump Street‘s weekend-winning $35 million.
Although the midnight numbers might reach Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1‘s $30.3 million, analysts are quick to point out that the vampire romance came out during Thanksgiving, which gives the target audience of tweens and teens a larger window in which to watch the film. Still, we’ll have to wait and see how things shake out.
The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where teenagers are chosen to compete to the death in a giant outdoor arena controlled by the government. The star of the story is a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (played by Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence), who falls for fellow combatant, or Tribute, as the books refer to them, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Read Spinoff’s review of the film here.