To no one’s surprise, Lions Gate’s Hunger Games looks on pace for a record setting weekend. It booked $19.75m in midnight shows, and as of 4pm Deadline Hollywood and others are forecasting a final tally for Friday of $60-75M and a final tally for the full weekend of $135-150m. (Comment: We’re reporting this here because what happens with Hunger Games affects John Carter. How it will affect it — we’re not sure. With numbers the high, there could be “blockbuster spillover” effect ….. or it could have a negative impact. We’ll see.)
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FRIDAY 4:10 PM, 4TH UPDATE… EXCLUSIVE:My movie studio sources are telling me that the Friday gargantuan opening box office for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games is ranging from a low of $60M to a high of $75M today from 4,137 North American theaters. That number includes the record-setting $19.75M midnight grosses. For the 3-day weekend overall domestic blockbuster number, my insiders are predicting a low of $135M to a high near $150M. This is a huge bonanza for the studio and not much less than its motion picture revenue for recent quarters. Meanwhile Lionsgate sources are telling me that the hotly anticipated pic did a matinee per-screen average of $7,800. Now that number is rising past $9,900 at this hour. That’s better than The Dark Knight ($9,806) but not Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two ($11,300) and Twilight Saga’s Breaking Down Part One ($9,310) and New Moon ($12,600).
COMMENT: We’re reporting this because it has an impact on John Carter. But what will the impact be? Is this bad news for John Carter as everyone thinks? Or good news because Hunger Games is soooooooo big that there will inevitably be overflow and JC may catch some of the overflow? We can hope for the latter — we’ll see.