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'The Hunger Games' Box Office Records: By The Numbers

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Everybody has a lucky number — for Schoolhouse Rock it's three, in Chinese lore it's eight, for Josh Harnett it's sleven — but in Hollywood these days, the luckiest number of all is $155 million.

That's the number of dollars "The Hunger Games" took in over its opening weekend, smashing box office records and powering a box office resurgence that has the movie world buzzing. So with that in mind, we thought we'd take a look at "The Hunger Games" by the numbers to see which one of them is the luckiest of all.

Three: The $155 million "Hunger Games" earned over the weekend is the third highest opening in movie history, trailing only "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"  ($169.2 million) and "The Dark Knight" ($158.4 million).

One: "The Hunger Games" may be third on the all-time chart, but it's number one in a number of different categories, including biggest opening for a non-sequel and biggest opening in March history, both titles that were previously owned by "Alice in Wonderland," which brought in $116.1 million two years ago.

25: One reason for the film's unprecedented success? From Friday to Saturday it dropped off only 25%, taking in $51 million in its second day. That, by the way, gives it the second highest grossing opening day ever, behind only "Spider-Man 3" ($51.3 million).

39: That's the percentage of audience members who were men. It may not sound like a lot, but considering only 20% of the audience for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" was made of of men, it's a big reason why "The Hunger Games" had a higher opening than any "Twilight" film to date.

Nine: "The Hunger Games" wasn't the only movie in theaters, of course, it just seemed that way. Still, when you add in the amount earned by films like "21 Jump Street" and "The Lorax," "The Hunger Games" helped drive the box office to a total take of $206.9 million, the ninth highest grossing weekend in cinematic history.

Seven: "Hunger Games" earned $19.7 million from midnight releases alone on Thursday night, making it the seventh biggest midnight release in history — and the biggest ever for a non-sequel, as the six movies ahead of it are three "Harry Potter" films and three "Twilight" films.

9/11: Finally, if you think you're excited about "The Hunger Games," just try and imagine how thrilled Lionsgate is. The studio has been putting out movies for 15 years and until now, it's biggest hit was the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which earned $119.2 million in 2004 — or less than "The Hunger Games" made in its first two days alone.

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