Anticipation for the film The Hunger Games has reached its frenetic peak, as the sci-fi film opened up on Friday, to a record-breaking box office.
The movie, based on a series of bestselling young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, posted the fifth best opening day in movie history, and the largest box office for a non-sequel, by taking in an estimated $68.3 million since midnight Saturday morning. The action/adventure flick easily surpassed the previous opening-day record for a non-sequel, 2010′s Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp, which brought in $40.8 million.
The film has been boosted by highly favorable reviews, and good notices for the mostly young cast, including Kentucky-native Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Miley Cyrus' alleged fiancé Liam Helmsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson (another Kentucky native) as Peeta.
The book and film are set in an apocalyptic not-so-distant future, where people are forced to compete in a televised fight-to-the-death battle for the entertainment of the masses. The subsequent books in the trilogy are expected to be adapted for the big screen as well, taking over for a retired Harry Potter series and a winding down Twilight series.