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Weekend Box-Office: April 6-8, 2012

Apr. 8, 2012by:

Still got the Hunger for cash!

As many Americans celebrate Easter by consuming chocolate objects, marshmallow critters and cooked animal parts, Katniss Everdeen spent the weekend slaughtering her way to the top of the box office for the third week in a row.

THE HUNGER GAMES locked another $33.5 million into the Capitol's vaults this weekend, putting its US total over the $300M mark (plus $150M or so gathered internationally).

Any concerns that the movie wouldn't be a legit smash can probably be put to rest, along with constant comparisons to the TWILIGHT franchise now that the futuristic death contest has officially passed any entry in the sparkle-vamp series. At least in North America, anyway -- THE HUNGER GAMES still has a stretch before it can outdo NEW MOON's $709M worldwide haul.

As usual, the sequels will cost more but could end up surpassing THE HUNGER GAMES at the box office since the first movie undoubtedly brought in a whole new audience beyond the books' readership.  How CATCHING FIRE and the other eventual sequels (MOCKINGJAY Pt. 1 & 2?) will turn out creatively will remain the question, now that filmmaker Gary Ross supposedly won't be back to continue the film franchise he helped launch.

Rounding up pastry molester Jason Biggs and his gang for AMERICAN REUNION didn't prove to be more appealing to crowds than the carnage in Panem, but the AMERICAN PIE sequel placed second with $21.5 million (quite a ways below AMERICAN WEDDING's $33M opening back in 2003). Expect yet more direct-to-video cheapie sequels with Eugene Levy as the connecting tissue. Plus bodily fluids, obviously.

The King of the World slapped an extra dimension onto the famous ship tragedy (which happened 100 years ago this month), but TITANIC 3D was adrift in third with $17.3M and $25.7M total since it left dock on Wednesday. Still, the post-conversion reportedly cost less than $20M (unsurprising, given James Cameron's experience and investment in the format), which seems like a reasonable commitment for one of history's biggest moneymakers.

WRATH OF THE TITANS is reeling from the wrath of relative disinterest in America, but its $15M second weekend and $58M domestic total don't look as bad when the $150+ million international box office is taken into account. The same can't be said for Tarsem Singh's vivid fairy tale MIRROR MIRROR, which has yet to collect half of its $85M budget in the US and isn't catching a whole lot of business abroad.

21 JUMP STREET crossed the $100 million mark this week, but things just get kind of sad after that -- the last three movies on the list couldn't even break seven figures. Lurking just outside the Top 10, Sony's release of the ass-kicking Indonesian action flick THE RAID arrived on another 130 screens to bring its limited-release total to $1.2M.

Next week brings the long-awaited Joss Whedon-written/produced horror tale A CABIN IN THE WOODS, while Guy Pearce heads into space to save Maggie Grace in the Luc Besson-written/produced LOCKOUT, Kurt Russell hits the field in the football drama TOUCHBACK, and the Farrelly Brothers make a trio of corpses grave-spin with a new THE THREE STOOGES. What's your favorite movie produced, written and/or directed by Luc Besson? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Hunger Games $33.5 M $302.8 M
2. American Reunion $21.5 M
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3. Titanic 3D $17.3 M $25.7 M
4. Wrath of the Titans $15 M $58.8 M
5. Mirror Mirror $11 M $36.4 M
6. 21 Jump Street $10.2 M $109.5 M
7. The Lorax $5 M $198.2 M
8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $0.9 M $4.6 M
9. John Carter $0.8 M $67.9 M
10. Safe House $0.5 M $124.7 M

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10:23AM on 04/09/2012
I think the hype is running this to big profits, and this is good. Kids are devouring the books too.
I think the hype is running this to big profits, and this is good. Kids are devouring the books too.
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4:17AM on 04/09/2012
The Hunger Games was crap.
The Hunger Games was crap.
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10:23AM on 04/09/2012
I politely disagree, I think it was not crap. It was a flawed film, but it had some things about it that were entertaining.
I politely disagree, I think it was not crap. It was a flawed film, but it had some things about it that were entertaining.
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9:37PM on 04/08/2012
Good for the Hunger Games, but I can't see the sequels being better. The books were relatively weak compared to the first one, and unless they manage to make the film more interesting than the book somehow, the sequels will be as bad as their literary counterparts. Hopefully they make some massive improvements.
Good for the Hunger Games, but I can't see the sequels being better. The books were relatively weak compared to the first one, and unless they manage to make the film more interesting than the book somehow, the sequels will be as bad as their literary counterparts. Hopefully they make some massive improvements.
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8:14PM on 04/08/2012
Now that The Hunger Games is officially a super box office hit i guess will expect remakes of Battle Royale and The Running Man and maybe The Most Dangerous Game.
Now that The Hunger Games is officially a super box office hit i guess will expect remakes of Battle Royale and The Running Man and maybe The Most Dangerous Game.
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8:11PM on 04/08/2012
WOW the movies coming out this week are well weak, no doubt Hunger Games will finish on top again, hope to see it finally this week & i will check out American Reunion as well. Read the first book of hunger games & i actually enjoyed it & i am about to start reading catching fire.
WOW the movies coming out this week are well weak, no doubt Hunger Games will finish on top again, hope to see it finally this week & i will check out American Reunion as well. Read the first book of hunger games & i actually enjoyed it & i am about to start reading catching fire.
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7:14PM on 04/08/2012
It costs close to $20 million just to convert a movie to 3D?! You could finance a whole new small movie with that cash. If you want to shoot a new movie in 3D, fine, but I think the costs of converting old movies to 3D could be better spent elsewhere. I'm sure the box office for Titanic wouldn't have changed that much without the 3D, since its a good movie and looks great in 2D on the big screen.
It costs close to $20 million just to convert a movie to 3D?! You could finance a whole new small movie with that cash. If you want to shoot a new movie in 3D, fine, but I think the costs of converting old movies to 3D could be better spent elsewhere. I'm sure the box office for Titanic wouldn't have changed that much without the 3D, since its a good movie and looks great in 2D on the big screen.
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9:08PM on 04/08/2012
The $18M were spend on conversion, visual restoration, and audio enhancement.
And YES, that's a lot for a conversion, because Cameron wanted to do it the best way possible, and he did.
The $18M were spend on conversion, visual restoration, and audio enhancement.
And YES, that's a lot for a conversion, because Cameron wanted to do it the best way possible, and he did.
7:00PM on 04/08/2012
Glad to see The Hunger Games doing so well. It looks like it's on track to gross more than all of the Harry Potter movies, domestically anyway. On another note, how is Safe House in the top 10? Didn't that come out like before Valentine's Day?
Glad to see The Hunger Games doing so well. It looks like it's on track to gross more than all of the Harry Potter movies, domestically anyway. On another note, how is Safe House in the top 10? Didn't that come out like before Valentine's Day?
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8:08PM on 04/08/2012
and what was the point of mentioning safe house?
and what was the point of mentioning safe house?
9:01PM on 04/08/2012
I guess there wasn't a point. Sorry bro.
I guess there wasn't a point. Sorry bro.
12:45PM on 04/09/2012
I don't see how it could come close. Is the author going to crank out 4 more books?
I don't see how it could come close. Is the author going to crank out 4 more books?
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6:45PM on 04/08/2012

nothing to do with the quality of any of the series

but Hunger Games will still be compared to Twilight as it is one of those types of movies/series and there's no denying that. Personal opinion may say that one is better than the other but it is still the same basic concept made for the same basic crowd, just as Twilight, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc. are.
but Hunger Games will still be compared to Twilight as it is one of those types of movies/series and there's no denying that. Personal opinion may say that one is better than the other but it is still the same basic concept made for the same basic crowd, just as Twilight, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc. are.
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8:13PM on 04/08/2012
yes & thats really kinda sad as each is very diff, but I have never heard anyone compare Harry Potter to Twilight.
yes & thats really kinda sad as each is very diff, but I have never heard anyone compare Harry Potter to Twilight.
5:08PM on 04/08/2012
This site continues to propogate the notion that Gary Ross is out of Catching Fire, and has further reports from legitimate sources have shown it is not official yet. Until Lionsgate issues a press release, categorically stating that he will not be directing Catching Fire is false.
This site continues to propogate the notion that Gary Ross is out of Catching Fire, and has further reports from legitimate sources have shown it is not official yet. Until Lionsgate issues a press release, categorically stating that he will not be directing Catching Fire is false.
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6:37PM on 04/08/2012
... so why you so worried about it?
... so why you so worried about it?
4:50AM on 04/09/2012
Spike, you're obviously a huge fan of the series so I hate to burst your bubble, but it's a safe bet to assume Ross isn't coming back. This site isn't the only one reporting the news and studios don't issue press releases announcing the fact that they've LOST a director. The only studio announcement you'll get is in a few weeks when they announce a replacement. I also think someone, Ross himself, would have refuted the news by now if there was no truth to it.
Spike, you're obviously a huge fan of the series so I hate to burst your bubble, but it's a safe bet to assume Ross isn't coming back. This site isn't the only one reporting the news and studios don't issue press releases announcing the fact that they've LOST a director. The only studio announcement you'll get is in a few weeks when they announce a replacement. I also think someone, Ross himself, would have refuted the news by now if there was no truth to it.
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