The Hunger Games surpasses Twilight at box office
10th April 2012
The new film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling book The Hunger Games has now passed the USD 300 million (GBP 189 million) mark at the global box office, making it more popular than any of the Twilight films.
The big screen versions of Stephenie Meyer's novels have been among the most successful literary adaptations of recent years, but a surge in cinema visits over the Easter weekend means The Hunger Games has now garnered USD 302.8 million in takings - surpassing the USD 300.5 million taken by Breaking Dawn - Part 1, the highest-grossing Twilight film.
Box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said that the film's success was due to the enormous popularity of the book, in which a girl is forced to take part in a TV programme where contestants fight to the death.
'Great word of mouth, coupled with a release date that has given it a pretty open playing field, has allowed the film to effectively dominate the marketplace,' he added.
The enormous success of the film has led producers to greenlight big screen adaptations of the second and third books in The Hunger Games trilogy – 2009's Catching Fire and Mockingjay, which was published in 2010.