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“The Hunger Games” has third biggest opening weekend of all time


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Did you go see “The Hunger Games” this weekend? Pretty much everyone else did apparently, as the adaptation of the young adult novel racked up $155 million this weekend in domestic box office alone, making it the third largest debut ever, and the biggest non-summer opening of all time.

After months of coverage and ads positioning “The Hunger Games” as both “The next ‘Harry Potter’,” and a more accomplished alternative to “Twilight,” it’s no surprise that this past weekend’s opening was a successful one. But the strength of that opening weekend, which also saw the movie pull in $59.3 million internationally, is still, frankly, amazing, especially considering that it is now the only film in the top ten opening weekends which isn’t a sequel. If Lionsgate stays the course, it’s reasonable to expect future installments in the “Hunger Games” franchise to open even higher. The Hollywood Reporter quoted Lionsgate president of marketing Tim Palen as saying, “It was the perfect storm. Having the first film in a franchise to be so gigantic is amazing.”

While the statistic may well be challenged this summer with the release of both “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” currently, the only films which have made more money on their opening weekends than “The Hunger Games” are “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and “The Dark Knight.” That means that “The Hunger Games” opened stronger than heavy hitters like “Spider-Man 3,” “Iron Man 2” and every single “Twilight” movie.

Just as impressive as how many tickets were sold for “The Hunger Games,” however, was how people bought them. A stunning 22% of those $155 million in tickets were sold through online purveyor Fandango, a record for the company. According to the Hollywood Reporter once again, at peak times, their site was selling 17 “Hunger Games” tickets per second.

Did you see the “The Hunger Games” this past weekend? What did you think of the film? Tell us in the comments below.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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