The Hunger Games surpassed the wildest industry expectations to debut to $155 million, according to Entertainment Weekly.
That's the third-biggest opening weekend ever, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million). The movie also had the best debut ever for a non-sequel, beating out 2010′s Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million), and it represents the top opening weekend for any picture outside the summer movie season.
The Hunger Games soundtrack also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Billboard.com.
The movie went on to break records for Lionsgate, which spent $80 million to produce The Hunger Games and $45 million to market it, according to Entertainment Weekly. Up until this weekend, the studio's top grosser was the Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which earned a total of $119.2 million. The Hunger Games reached that figure in just two days.