The Hunger Games has exceeded expectations. That statement is pretty difficult to comprehend because of how enormous those expectations were. Prior this this past weekend, there were many questions surrounding the film. How true to the story will the movie be to the beloved, best-selling book? Will the film gross $140 million and be the highest grossing opening weekend for any March release? Will people other than fans of the novel want to watch this futuristic world where children are forced to kill each other?
Well, thanks to the brilliant marketing and the great direction of Gary Ross, The Hunger Games was everything that people wanted it to be. Grossing approximately $155 million on its opening weekend, The Hunger Games has landed itself on the third highest opening weekend of all-time (only behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Dark Knight). Also, it now has the highest grossing opening weekend of any non-sequel film of all-time. And with the majority of the critics giving the film a favorable review, it shows that The Hunger Games has universal appeal.