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"Hunger Games" Breaks the Box Office: Third Best Opening Ever!


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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Hunger Games'' has shot near the top of the blockbuster list with a $152.5 million opening weekend domestically. That's the third-best revenue haul ever.
 
That final figure released Monday was $2.5 million less than distributor Lionsgate estimated a day earlier. But it still was by far the best debut ever for a film released outside of the busy summer or holiday seasons and a record opening for a non-sequel.

The film trails only the $169.2 million opening for last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'' and the $158.4 million debut of 2008's "Batman Begins'' sequel ``The Dark Knight.''

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