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THE HUNGER GAMES Takes Down the TITANS – Weekend Box Office Report (March 30 – April 1, 2012)

It was an expected holdover, but last weekend’s champ The Hunger Games came in at #1 again.  The Lionsgate action flick took in another estimated $61.1 million, for an estimated total of $251.0 million.  The film did drop 59.9% from last weekend’s $152.5 million opening, but it’s still holding incredibly well.  At this point, nearly everyone who had interest has seen the film, so for these next few weeks, the box office for The Hunger Games is likely relying on fans that are going back for multiple viewings (Click here for my review of The Hunger Games). Read more…

21 JUMP STREET Arrests the Competition – Weekend Box Office Report (March 16 – 18, 2012)

March 18, 2012 Leave a comment

A trend of successful movies last year was R-rated comedies.  The Hangover Part II, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, and Bad Teacher all crossed the $100 million mark.  This year, the Todd Phillips-produced Project X has already grossed way over its budget, and a sequel has already been announced.  And with this weekend’s opening of 21 Jump Street, this year seems to be following a similar pattern.  The buddy cop comedy opened at #1 with an estimated $35.0 million, which is great considering its production budget was only $42 million.  This is also great news for stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, as they have more releases coming out later this year (Click here for my review of 21 Jump Street). Read more…

21 JUMP STREET – Movie Review

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

I had heard strong early buzz from 21 Jump Street going in, but I ultimately wasn’t impressed by any of the marketing.  However, I was intrigued that Jonah Hill co-wrote the screenplay, and it was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind the surprisingly charming animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  And like the duo’s previous film, 21 Jump Street really surprised me; it’s one of the strongest comedies of the year so far. Read more…