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THE HUNGER GAMES Hits the Bull’s-eye – Weekend Box Office Report (March 23 – 25, 2012)

As expected by many, the extremely popular book-turned-movie The Hunger Games hit the #1 spot, grossing way over budget.  The film made nearly twice its budget in the U.S. alone, as it raked in an estimated $155.0 million for a $78 million production budget.  This is not only the biggest opening weekend ever for a non-sequel, but it’s the third highest grossing opening weekend of all time, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight.  It took in another estimated $59.3 million overseas for an estimated worldwide total of $214.3 million.  This is great news for Lionsgate, as it’s easily their highest grossing opening ever, and they have the sequel, Catching Fire, slated for a Thanksgiving 2013 release (Click here for my review of The Hunger Games).

At #2, still holding fairly well was 21 Jump Street, taking in another estimated $21.3 million for an estimated total of $71.1 million.  This is great news for Jonah Hill and company, as it’s made nearly twice its $42 million budget, and several cast members, Hill included, have other films releasing later this year (Click here for my review of 21 Jump Street).

At #3 was the animated champ The Lorax, taking in another estimated $13.1 million for a total of $177.3 million.  As mentioned in previous reports, this is great news for the upcoming animated films from Universal and Illumination Entertainment, the team behind The Lorax.  They have Despicable Me 2 releasing in summer 2013, and a recently announced adaptation of another Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat (Click here for my review of The Lorax).

At #4 is the huge flop John Carter, bringing in an estimated $5.0 million.  The film has only made an estimated $62.3 million total, and $234.4 million worldwide.  It was reported this past week that Buena Vista has lost an estimated $200 million because of John Carter, due to its $250 million budget for production alone.  This is a bad sign for their 2013 summer release of The Lone Ranger, as it reportedly has a production budget of $215 million.  At least Buena Vista has The Avengers and Brave to hopefully turn the tide later this year (Click here for my review of John Carter).

Check out the full domestic weekend top 10 below.  All estimated numbers and information for this report are from Box Office Mojo, Deadline Hollywood, and The Hollywood Reporter.

 

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)

Estimated Weekend: $155.0 million

Estimated Total: $155.0 million

 

2. 21 Jump Street (Sony)

Estimated Weekend; $21.3 million

Estimated Total: $71.1 million

 

3. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $13.1 million

Estimated Total: $177.3 million

 

4. John Carter (Buena Vista)

Estimated Weekend: $5.0 million

Estimated Total: $62.3 million

 

5. Act of Valor (Relativity)

Estimated Weekend: $2.1 million

Estimated Total: $65.9 million

 

6. Project X (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $2.0 million

Estimated Total: $51.8 million

 

7. A Thousand Words (Paramount/DreamWorks)

Estimated Weekend: $1.9 million

Estimated Total: $14.9 million

 

8. October Baby (Samuel Goldwyn)

Estimated Weekend: $1.7 million

Estimated Total: $1.7 million

 

9. Safe House (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $1.4 million

Estimated Total: $122.6 million

 

10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $1.4 million

Estimated Total: $97.2 million

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