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THE HUNGER GAMES is Still the Champ; Audiences Both Attend the REUNION and Sail the TITANIC – Weekend Box Office Report (April 6 – 8, 2012)

Even after three weeks, the Lionsgate megahit The Hunger Games still stayed in the #1 spot, taking in another estimated $33.5 million, for an estimated total of $302.8 million.  The big piece of news regarding The Hunger Games from last week was that director Gary Ross will not be returning for the sequels.  While some might argue that this is breaking a formula that has worked incredibly successfully for one film, two equally successful franchises, Harry Potter and Twilight, have rotated through several directors in their lifetimes.  In fact, Twilight had a new one for every film.  I would personally be interested to see what another filmmaker could do with the already set-up universe (Click here for my review of The Hunger Games).

At #2 was the Universal comedy sequel American Reunion, taking in an estimated $21.5 million.  This is decent for an R-rated comedy opening, but way lower than the openings for American Pie 2 and American Wedding, which isn’t very good, considering those films came out around 10 years ago.  It’ll likely make back its $50 million production budget, as word of mouth is very strong, but at this point, it wouldn’t make too much sense to bring back the cast and characters for a fifth installment (Click here for my review of American Reunion).

At #3 was the Paramount rerelease Titanic 3D.  While the James Cameron epic only grossed an estimated $17.4 million over the three-day weekend, it opened on Wednesday, where it accumulated a five-day estimated total of $25.7 million.  While at this point audiences might be burned out by James Cameron, this weekend’s estimates put the second highest-grossing film of all time at an estimated lifetime gross of $626.5 million (Click here for my review of Titanic 3D).

And the #4 and #5 slots went to the ever-plummeting releases from last weekend.  Wrath of the Titans came in with another estimated $15.0 million, for an estimated total of $58.9 million.  This is bad for U.S. audiences, considering it had a production budget of $150 million, however it is doing well in the foreign box office, where it added to an estimated worldwide total of $135.0 million to date.  This is still not a good sign for Warner Bros., as they probably won’t be making a third Titans film at this point (Click here for my review of Wrath of the Titans).

And at #5 was Relativity’s family film Mirror Mirror, taking in another estimated $11.0 million for an estimated total of $36.5 million.  As mentioned on last week’s report, this isn’t good for Relativity, as the film had a production budget of $85 million, and likely won’t make it back.  Had the film released two weeks from now, where only two wide releases are slated, it would have had a much better chance to thrive, but as it stands, it opened at too crowded of a time.

Check out the full domestic weekend top 10 below.  All estimated numbers and information for this report are from Box Office Mojo and Examiner.

 

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)

Estimated Weekend: $33.5 million

Estimated Total: $302.8 million

 

2. American Reunion (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $21.5 million

Estimated Total: $21.5 million

 

3. Titanic 3D (Paramount)

Estimated Weekend: $17.4 million

Estimated Total: $25.7 million

 

4. Wrath of the Titans (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $15.0 million

Estimated Total: $58.9 million

 

5. Mirror Mirror (Relativity)

Estimated Weekend: $11.0 million

Estimated Total: $36.5 million

 

6. 21 Jump Street (Sony)

Estimated Weekend: $10.2 million

Estimated Total: $109.6 million

 

7. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $5.0 million

Estimated Total: $198.2 million

 

8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (CBS Films)

Estimated Weekend: $1.0 million

Estimated Total: $4.6 million

 

9. John Carter (Buena Vista)

Estimated Weekend: $0.8 million

Estimated Total: $68.0 million

 

10. Safe House (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $0.6 million

Estimated Total: $124.8 million

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