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Hunger Games tops US box office

Jennifer Lawrence's movie The Hunger Games took a whopping 155 million dollars in its opening weekend in the US.

The huge haul for the eagerly anticipated film - which sees Jennifer play a teen who is one of 24 youths forced to compete in a televised death match in a post-apocalyptic North American society - puts it near the top of the record books Stateside.

It marks the third-best debut ever in terms of revenue, behind the 169.2 million opening for last year's Harry Potter finale and the 158.4 million dollar opening of 2008 Batman movie The Dark Knight.

However, Harry Potter and Batman were well-established franchises. The Hunger Games set a revenue record for a non-sequel, taking in more than twice what the first Twilight movie did with its 69.6 million opening weekend.

While it's already a blockbuster on its North American home turf, The Hunger Games had a much slower start overseas. The film took in a modest 59.3 million dollars in 67 markets, including Great Britain, Germany, France, Russia and Australia.

But the flick - which also stars Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks - still amassed a worldwide total of 214.3 million dollars in just a few days.

The previous No 1 movie, 21 Jump Street, dropped to a distant No 2 but held up well in its second weekend with 21.3 million. That raised its US total to 71.1 million dollars.

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