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'Hunger Games' reaps big overnight w/ $19.7M

Jennifer Lawrence appears in a scene from the 2012 film 'The Hunger Games.' (Lionsgate)
March 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Hunger Games" fans just can't get enough of the film, which has opened strongly with $19.7 million domestically from overnight shows that started after midnight.

The totals amount to the seventh-best midnight total ever, placing the movie on a fast track toward a blockbuster opening weekend.

The top six midnight draws came from two other teen-based franchises - three movies apiece from the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" series.

At the top of the list is "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" with $43.5 million from midnight shows.

The most recent three "Twilight" movies and the two previous "Harry Potter" flicks make up the rest of the top six with midnight grosses ranging from $22.2 million to $30.3 million.

"The Hunger Games" stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced into a televised death match with other youths. The film also stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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