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Box Office Wrap Up For Easter Weekend: HUNGER GAMES wins again as TITANIC sinks to #3 with 3-D re-release

Joshua Brunsting

April 9th, 2012


Another week, another win for THE HUNGER GAMES.

Coming in the number one slot yet again, hauling a powerful $33 million for Lionsgate, is the Gary Ross-directed thriller THE HUNGER GAMES, bringing its collected gross to a massive $302 million.  Not quite the haul one would have expected for a film based on such a beloved  novel, but still incredibly impressive. Even though it is not known who will direct the inevitable sequel, it's safe to say we'll be seeing a lot more from this property in the very near future.

Marking the franchise’s return to the big screen, AMERICAN REUNION clocks in at number 2 this week, grossing $21.5 million, off of a budget just around $50 million.  Oddly enough, the film has garnered quite solid reviews, and in its first week, gave GAMES the biggest run for its money in its near month long run in theaters. I haven’t seen the film yet, but find that this unexpected franchise should have wrapped up years ago.  However, people really seem to be connected to it, hence the shockingly solid gross it made opening week.  It remains to be seen how the film will do in weeks to come.

And then there is the big gun. For over a decade, the highest grossing film of all time, TITANIC, saw its 3-D re-release this week, coming in third to both REUNION and THE HUNGER GAMES with only $17.35 million during the weekend. Bringing its cumulative gross this time around to $25 million, this was easily the most talked about release of the weekend, be it because of the original run’s massive gross, or the fact that years later, the film still has the power to obliterate the emotions of any mere mortal. Personally, I never got a chance to see it in theaters, so I definitely think that I’ll be giving this a shot relatively soon, despite the fact that I find the film nearly impossible to enjoy sitting through.

Finally, rounding out the top five are last week’s holdovers, WRATH OF THE TITANS and MIRROR MIRROR.  The latter is an enjoyable fairy tale romp, that for all intents and purposes, should be doing far better.  Likely the best film of the top five, it’s a really charming little film, one that I think should be doing vastly superior than its lowly $36 million total gross this far.

As for the rest of the top ten, it’s slim pickings following number 5. JOHN CARTER falls below $1 million at number nine, behind the Lasse Hallstrom film SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN. SAFE HOUSE makes it in the top 10 with only 482 screens.

And now we are heading into late April, so the big guns are coming out to play in the coming weeks.  What do you think will rule the box office next week?

Go see something good!



The Hunger Games LGF




American Reunion Uni.




Titanic 3D Par.




Wrath of the Titans WB




Mirror Mirror Rela.




21 Jump Street Sony




Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Uni.




Salmon Fishing in the Yemen CBS




John Carter BV




Safe House Uni.



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