Suck on this, John Carter: Hunger Games could make a profit week 1

With The Hunger Games set to open this weekend, analysts believe it could be the first huge blockbuster of the year. (Sorry, John Carter.) So big, in fact, that it could make well over its production budget with its opening weekend box office take. That ain't bad.

The film, based on the young adult novel by Suzanne Collins, cost about $90 million to make--not a monster budget, but definitely not a small investment. For comparison, the epic box-office sci-fi dud John Carter cost $250 million and recorded a net loss of $200 million.

Judging by the recent estimates from industry analysts, The Hunger Games could make more than half of what John Carter lost—or 150 percent of its budget—in its first week in theaters.

The Hollywood Reporter expects the film to rake in between $130 million to $140 million once it opens wide this weekend, possibly beating a recent record set by the sparkly vampire juggernaut The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Breaking Dawn currently holds rank as the fifth-best U.S. movie debut of all time, with $138.1 million.

Though the estimates may seem high, the numbers don't lie. Approximately 92 percent of the daily advance ticket sales for the film have sold out from Fandango, totaling more than 2,000 showings. The first day of presales actually broke the Fandango record, with 83 percent of tickets gone on day one.

Sound off: Will you be among the masses checking out the latest sci-fi blockbuster this weekend?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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