‘Hunger Games’ claims No. 3 ranking with $152.5M

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - “The Hunger Games” shot near the top of the blockbuster list with a $152.5 million opening weekend domestically, 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.”

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “The Hunger Games,” Lionsgate, $152,535,747, 4,137 locations, $36,871 average, $152,535,747, one week.

2. “21 Jump Street,” Sony, $20,471,187, 3,121 locations, $6,559 average, $70,222,515, two weeks.

3. “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” Universal, $13,182,045, 3,677 locations, $3,585 average, $177,412,055, four weeks.

4. “John Carter,” Disney, $5,073,832, 3,212 locations, $1,580 average, $62,407,212, three weeks.

5. “Act of Valor,” Relativity Media, $2,041,362, 2,219 locations, $920 average, $65,921,086, five weeks.

6. “A Thousand Words,” Paramount, $1,950,154, 1,787 locations, $1,091 average, $14,950,322, three weeks.

7. “Project X,” Warner Bros., $1,931,336, 2,065 locations, $935 average, $51,733,484, four weeks.

8. “October Baby,” IDP-Samuel Goldwyn, $1,697,130, 390 locations, $4,352 average, $1,697,130, one week.

9. “Safe House,” Universal, $1,403,035, 1,330 locations, $1,055 average, $122,582,350, seven weeks.

10. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” Warner Bros., $1,357,412, 1,340 locations, $1,013 average, $97,139,501, seven weeks.

11. “Casa de mi Padre,” Lionsgate, $1,181,943, 475 locations, $2,488 average, $4,030,195, two weeks.

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