The film obviously remains a mega hit for Lionsgate and is expected to hit the $300 million mark in record time (excluding summer and holiday releases). It’s a massive win, holding off not only “Reunion” but also James Cameron’s “Titanic” re-release, which brought in $7.1 million on Friday and is expected to make $15.5 million over the weekend.
Universal’s “American Reunion” racked up $9.2 million on Friday and will bring in $22 million over its opening weekend. Those are respectable figures, especially considering the type of reviews the film has received.
“Hunger Games” will be the first movie to pass the $300 million mark since last year’s “Transformers” sequel ($352.4 million cumulative gross) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ ($381 million).
It’s unclear, however, if the continued success of the film will help Lionsgate solve the franchise’s biggest problem. Conflicting press reports have in recent days offered a dramatic story line in the search for a “Catching Fire” director. “Fire” is the second novel in the Suzanne Collins series on which the “Hunger Games” movies are based.
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