"The Hunger Games" is expected to pull in $155 million at the box office in North America over the weekend, making it the biggest non-sequel opening in history as well as the biggest March film ever.
It is the third best opening in history, trailing only last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169.2 million) and 2008's "The Dark Knight" ($158.4).
Lionsgate, which made the film for less than $100 million, raked in $68.2 million on Friday, which included $19.75 million from midnight screenings, and $50 million on Saturday, according to Lionsgate. Worldwide it is estimated that it will gross nearly $214 million over its first three days.
The film opened on 4,137 screens and topped all of the "Twilight" films. That franchise's biggest opening was in November 2009 when "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" grossed $142.8 million.
The film's soundtrack is also expected to debut at No. 1 with sales of at least 150,000 by the March 25 end of the tracking week. The fast chart-topping theatrical film soundtrack was "Michael Jackson's This Is It" on the tally dated Nov. 14, 2009.