Box Office: 'The Hunger Games' no. 1 again with $251 million in just 10 days
"Hunger Games" is making history. The Lionsgate adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel has expanded beyond the franchise's core young adult base as it grossed an estimated $61.1 million over its second weekend for a startling $251 million in just 10 days.
For comparison sake, the only three films who have grossed more in that time frame are "The Dark Knight" ($313 million), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2" ($273.5 million), "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" ($269 million) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" ($258.3 million). Notably, all films were released in the lucrative summer season so for "Hunger Games" to do accomplish this feat in March is nothing more than jaw dropping for most Hollywood executives. The film has clearly become a phenomenon and a final domestic gross of $330-350 million certainly is within reach.
Debuting in second place a little under pre-release polling was Warner Bros.' "Wrath of the Titans." The sequel to 2010's "Clash of the Titans" found $34.2 million, a littler more than half of its predecessors opening gross. WB will no doubt hope to make more of a dent on the international market where the first "Titans" made $330 million.
The third slot went to Relativity's "Mirror, Mirror" which turned out not to be the fairest of them all. Director Tarsem Singh's take on the Snow White fable grossed just $19.0 million which was under the film's $23-25 million pre-release estimate. With a reportedly $80 million price tag, "Mirror" is also going to have to hope the global marketplace can help the fantasy flick break even.
The only intentional comedy still in theaters currently is "21 Jump Street" and the Sony Pictures release came in fourth with another $15 million. With $93.1 million to date, "Jump Street" should easily surpass $100 million and a sequel is already on the horizon.
Universal Pictures' own spring hit, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," grossed another $8 million for $189.6 million to date. It should end up somewhere past $200 million and, for comparison's sake, likely finish ahead of Oscar winner "Ratatouille's" $206.4 million.
In limited release, the documentary "Bully" grossed a stellar $115,000 in just five theaters for an impressive $23,000 average. It will continue to expand across the country in the weeks to come.
Both "Jeff Who Lives At Home" and "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" expanded to over 400 theaters this weekend. "Home" found $675,000 for $2.6 million so far while "Salmon" turned out to be the better catch as it crashed the top 10 with a tasty $1.2 million and $3.1 million to date.
Next weekend's major new release is "American Reunion." "Titanic 3D" will debut on Wednesday.
Final box office results are released on Monday.
2014 | Romance | RSummary: Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind - while her friends check off m...Director: Lynn Shelton
Cast: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Kaitlyn Dever
1985 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: This ‘80s story dreams of leaving Earth as two friends create a homemade spacecraft, and find themselves exploring stars far from home.Director: Joe Dante
Cast: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Bobby Fite
2012 | Action | PG-13Summary: Daniel Craig makes his third outing as James Bond in a story that pits him against a madman played by Javier Bardem, and which reveals crucial details of Bond's history.Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris
1970 | War | PGSummary: George C. Scott is appropriately commanding as General George Patton in this history which charts Patton’s military successes and his flamboyant, sometimes overbearing personality.Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young
2000 | Adventure | PG-13Summary: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Sihung Lung
1955 | Thriller | NRSummary: Pitch-black suspense story in which two women conspire to kill the man who troubles them both, but afterward find themselves haunted by their actions, and perhaps his ghost.Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
2004 | Western | TV-MASummary: Profane, violent, and often hilarious, this is the story of the old west as you've never seen it, with Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Ian McShane (Sexy Beast) as opposing forces in a growing outpost town.Director: David Milch (creator)
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
2013 | Thriller | TV-MASummary: Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy star in this dark and scary TV series that explores the life of doctor, killer and cannibal Hannibal Lecter before the events in The Silence of the Lambs.Director: Bryan Fuller (creator)
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hugh Dancy
2011 | Horror | NRSummary: A widower is tormented by his own problems, which turn into night terrors, but he begins to suspect that there could be some supernatural origin to what haunts him. Thomas Hedengran and Peter Stormare lead this haunting story inspired by Swedish folk tales.Director: Filip Tegstedt
Cast: Thomas Hedengran, Peter Stormare, Tintin Anderzon
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