When you’re sitting at the top of the box office for three weeks in a row, things can seem pretty boring. For movie goers world-wide, predicting just how many weeks The Hunger Games can stay at number one has become a game within itself. The book-turned film is laughing all the way to the bank, while fans of the books and film return time after time to support their favorite characters. Competing with the newly released The Cabin in the Woods and The Three Stooges, The Hunger Games claimed the #1 spot for a fourth weekend in a row.
This weekend The Hunger Games grossed an additional $21.5 million, upping its domestic gross to $337 million. With a worldwide total crossing the $500 million mark and a production budget of $78 million, the film has been a financial success for Lionsgate. Until now, the studio’s most lucrative films have been Tyler Perry’s comedies and the Saw franchise. Lets hope Lionsgate increases Catching Fire’s budget, since its predecessor was lacking in the costume and CGI department. Other than that, The Hunger Games deserves all the recognition it’s received. With a stellar cast, a talented director and an amazing story, there’s no reason why The Hunger Games could’t reign for another 2 weeks… that is until The Avengers hits theaters May 4th . The film entered the Top 25 Domestic Films, rearranging and knocking down Transformers, Iron Man and Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship if the Ring.
People apparently actually went to see The Three Stooges in theaters as it came in at #2 for the weekend’s box office with just over $17 million. But with Bobby and Peter Farrelly behind the film’s production, it’s understandable. The Farrelly Brothers, known for other huge hits like Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, and 2011′s Hall Pass, always promise laugh-out-loud moments. With a cult following, there’s no doubt that this family film will attract an eclectic crowd in the weeks to come. Plus, Sean Hayes aka Jack from Will and Grace is in it so that’s awesome.
Coming in at #3 at the Box Office is The Cabin In the Woods directed by Drew Goddard with almost $15 million. Boasting work on hit TV shows like Lost, Alias, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Goddard is both writer and director for Cabin In the Woods. Even with film fanatics praising the film for its fresh take on the thriller/sci-fi genre, word of mouth wasn’t strong enough to land the film a higher spot. Chris Hemsworth’s involvement may seem a bit strange, but after several years of bouncing back and forth between distributors and never officially landing a release date, The Cabin in the Woods was actually filmed during Chris Hemsworth’s rise in popularity.
Titanic 3D added another $11.6 million to its domestic gross since the re-release two weeks ago. With the 100th anniversary of the tragedy taking place this past weekend, the James Cameron epic is riding an ocean of cash. Titanic 3D also earned $88 million in 69 markets overseas this weekend; the debut in China this past weekend accounted for $58 million. This weekend, Titanic’s lifetime worldwide gross since its 1997 release crossed the $2 billion landmark.
The comedy American Reunion took a large hit, dropping 50.3% since debuting last weekend. The film grossed $10.7 million this weekend, increasing its domestic gross to $39.9 million. At this rate it could be a slow crawl before the film reaches the $102.5 million of American Pie and the $104 million of American Wedding.
Next week The Lucky One starring Zac Efron, Disney’s Chimpanzees and director Tim Story’s Think Like a Man will all take aim at The Hunger Games. Does the film have enough to hold the #1 spot for another week?
Box Office Report: April 13th-115th
- The Hunger Games – $21.5 million
- The Three Stooges – $17.1 million
- The Cabin in the Woods – $14.8 million
- Titanic 3D – $11.6 million
- American Reunion – $10.7 million
- Mirror Mirror – $7 million
- Wrath of the Titans – $6.9 million
- 21 Jump Street – $6.8 million
- Lockout – $6.2 million
- Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – $3 million