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This weekend Lionsgate and The Hunger Games hit a big milestone – the book turned film adaptation has now brought in over half a billion dollars!

Of that $500 million, the film has made $335.7 million in the United States.

It led the weekend box office, beating out newcomers The Three Stooges and The Cabin in The Woods. Our report on those numbers will be out later today.

  • Gary65

    Just imagine where it would be if they had actually bothered to promote ir internationally. It’d be heading toward Potter territory.

    • Jelly

       I went to a toy store almost right next to a big movie theater and asked if they had anything Hunger Games related (for my niece). Response: “Hunger what? Hunger Games? Never heard of that.” Oy.

    • Patty

       Agreed. I mean, its US totals have been incredible. The global reception has been much more subdued. Hopefully word of mouth will spread in time for Catching Fire, or Lionsgate will actually focus on promoting it everywhere else. I only knew about the film from reading the books, and it’s had very little coverage and discussion in the UK. I can’t really speak for elsewhere.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

        I have some friends in Pakistan (because I lived there most of my life) and when I ask them If THG was popular there, they just mentioned that there were a couple of TV spots and billboards advertising it, nothing else. But on the bright side, whenever they go to buy the books from the store, its always sold out. :D

        So that’s something nice to hear, even though my friends get frustrated :P

  • Vantage

    I would be very proud of this series if it actually swept across a billion mark. Perhaps top the All-Time. Just being buoyant. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002039691247 Daniel Stinson

    It probably won’t reach the gross of the Twicrap movies (except the 1st, duh), and definitely not HP, but it’s still a stunningly huge amount.

    • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

      Actually, its made more than any of the Twilight films, domestically, so far. Though time will tell for where it stands worldwide. It’s made more than all the HP movies (except DH2) domestically, so it’s doing really well for North America. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002039691247 Daniel Stinson

        I meant worldwide. (The article is about the worldwide gross…)

      • Andrew_ww

        What really matters is the worldwide gross…really all that matters.

  • Eoin

    Ok so a little less than half was made internationally and little more than half made in the US only. Wow.

  • akacj18

    seah hayes (the three stooges) was on craig ferguson on friday and was hoping his film could knock the hunger games off the top shot for the weekend… alas. 

  • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

    I know I’m being crazy, but I’m hoping it’ll be number one in the box office for another 2 weekends. I feel like at this point, anything short of “The Avengers” bumping it from number 1 would just be lame lol

  • Kitster_kosh

    Yeah, it’s big in the U.S. I went to see it at the theater on Friday and it was sold out. Again. And It was playing in three theaters. 

    • Kitster_kosh

      I mean, this is the fourth weekend and it’s still selling out here.

  • Seeline

    I live in Russia, and people here are not very familiar with the film. And there was not really any promotion. But 23 march theater was full, and a lot of people know about this film now. I think then CF will come out, it will be more popular.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    I think most of the hype came from the the fans of the book and there aren’t that many people who read the book world wide. Lionsgate still has a lot of work to do there.

    But that being said, I am originally from Pakistan and acc to my friends there were many people who were excited to see the movie. One girl actually wore a pair of Mockingjay earrings. 

  • Azeem

    Hopefully it gets to a final total of about $700 million worldwide by the time it comes out of theaters. 

  • 7Starrchasers

    This is AMAZING for a  medium budget, non-sequel, “action” film. Seriously I am so impressed! CF has no excuse not to be FANTASTIC.

    • Peeta Mellark

      accept the director thing

      • 7Starrchasers

        Too true…but the unrealistic optimist in me is still in denial about his departure….i’m hoping Lionsgate will get him back…but alas.

  • Robert Lewandowski

    Whichever dumbass suggested they only promote this film in the States deserves a slap. If they’d spent say another $10M on promoting the film worldwide, they could have easily made close to $800M worldwide, which would have seen them in a far stronger position.

    Anyway, I don’t really mind. As long as a good sequel is made, I’ll be happy no matter how much money is grossed at the box office.

    I just feel they need to change their strategy a lot for the next film, and then they could realistically come close to the top 15/20 on the all-time list.

    • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

      Its a very Americana feeling production, of course a bulk of the limited budget would be spent in the biggest market ($330+ Million is nothing to bat your eye at)  Even if they spent 10-15 Million more on outside the US I doubt the numbers would be much different. 

  • steinway1701

    I’m surprised it’s not more. I have seen it twice already and plan on seeing it at least 2 more times this month. Only the later Harry Potter movies have been so addictive for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudio-Catino/100000082110136 Claudio Catino

    saw it 3 times already!!!

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