Credit: Lionsgate © 2011 Lionsgate Entertainment (Photo via Kinopoisk) Photo: Katniss Gets Ready to Shoot in The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is already a critical smash, with reviewers lavishing the movie with praise, and it looks like audiences love the flick just as much as critics do: The Hunger Games took in a staggering $155 million during its opening weekend, including $20 million on its first night in theaters alone. 

That kind of debut is one for the record books: It marks the highest non-sequel opening for any movie ever, and the third-best domestic debut among all movies, just behind the final chapter of the Harry Potter movies (which opened with $169 million) and The Dark Knight (which earned $158 million). 

No doubt much of the success is due to the deafening buzz surrounding the film, which has grabbed headlines since it first went into development, as well as the star wattage of leads Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson. But just as powerful has been how well-received the movie has been, scoring an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and an "A" via CinemaScore. 

We're thrilled about the flick's success — and wouldn't be at all surprised if it kept on breaking records as more and more people join in on Hunger Games mania!

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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