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‘Hunger Games’ Serves Up Huge Opening Day At $68M

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence walks in to a special signing event to promote their new movie 'The Hunger Games' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on March 20, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Actress Jennifer Lawrence walks in to a special signing event to promote their new movie ‘The Hunger Games’ at Barnes & Noble Union Square on March 20, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The feast is on: “The Hunger Games” has taken in $68.25 million domestically in its first day, a record for a non-sequel.

The Friday total for Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” was the fifth-best opening day ever and puts the movie on track for the best debut weekend ever in March. That record is held by “Alice in Wonderland” with $116.1 million.

The big start should translate into an opening weekend of as much as $140 million domestically, according to Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

First-day revenues for “The Hunger Games” were well behind the record $91.1 million for last summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” But “The Hunger Games” came within a few million dollars of each of the last three “Twilight” movies, whose opening days ranged from $68.5 million to $72.7 million.

“The Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to compete in a televised death match against other youths in a future North American society where a privileged capital city oppresses the people of 12 outlying worker districts. The film is based on the first book in a best-selling trilogy by author Suzanne Collins.

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