"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.

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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.

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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.