Hunger Games continue to reign the US box office
For the fourth straight week, Hunger Games remains solidly in the top of the US box office through the weekend, adding another $21.5 to its coffers. The last film to top the box office for four weekends was Avatar, which had seven weekends number one run). So far Hunger Gamess earning has totalled over $337 million placing it in the top 25 box earners in North America.
The second place was claimed by the Farrelly brothers slapstick update of the classic TV show The Three Stooges, which had better-than-expected $17.2 million debut. Experts predicted less than $10 million in box office.
The well-reviewed horror entry The Cabin In The Wood landed in the third place with $14.85 million.
Meanwhile, James Camerons 3D re-release of Titanic held the fourth spot, adding another $11.625 million to its impressive bank account, totalling $645.2 million in the US and $2.03 billions internationally. The only other movie to break the $2 billion barrier is Camerons Avatar, which accrued $2.8 billion.
The comedy sequel American Reunion made $10.6 million, landing it in the 5th spot. Since its release 10 days ago, the film has taken $40 millions in the US.
Hunger Games continues to devour the box office
For the third consecutive weekend, the action movie The Hunger Games, remained in the lead at the US box office, adding $33.5 millions to its coffers. The adaptation of Suzanne Collins novel, which cost $78 million to make, has now collected $302.8 million in the US and Canada and $460 million globally.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games tells the story of a young girl forced to participate in a TV really show, where she has to fight for her life.
Trailing behind was American Reunion, the fourth entry of the raunchy American Pie teen comedy franchise, which opened with $21.5 million. Roughly 61% of its weekend audience was older than 25, suggesting that the film found appeal mostly among a crowd familiar with the American Pie series, which was debuted in 1999, and followed by 2 subsequent sequels, grossing over $200 million worldwide.
James Camerons 3D re-release of historical romance, Titanic, settled in the 3rd spot with only $17.4 million. The 11-time Oscar winner was the highest grossing film of all times with $1.9 billion, until it was defeated by another Camerons movie, Avatar, which has collected a whopping $2.8 billion.
The fourth place was claimed by the fantasy sequel Wrath of The Titans, followed by the retelling of Snow White fable, Mirror Mirror.
Hunger Games devours competition at US Box Office
Action movie Hunger Games followed its last weeks record-breaking debut of $152 million with a record-breaking second week release, making $61.1 million in the US box office and beating two major Hollywood new releases: Wrath of The Titans and Mirror Mirror.
In spite of the 60% drop from last weekend, The Hunger Games had the seventh-highest second weekend ever, behind movies such as Avatar and Spider-Man.
3-D fantasy Wrath of Titans, starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Feiness, settled in the second spot with a disappointing $34 million. The film, which was hammered by critics, did better in the international market, opening with $78 millions in 60 territories.
The third spot was claimed by Mirror Mirror, a comedic take on the classic fairy tale of Snow White, which is played by Lily Collins. Also starring Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer, the film earned $19 million.
The comedic film version of the 80s TV drama, 21 Jump Street, continued to impress and lands in the fourth spot with $15 million, followed by Dr. Seuss The Lorax, which added $8 million to its coffers, reaching a total of $189.6 since its release.
The Weinstein Companys documentary Bully, which was released unrated had an impressive opening, taking $115,000 at just five cinemas in New York and Los Angeles.
Hunger Games gorges $214 million at the box office
Post-apocalyptic action movie The Hunger Game debuted with a staggering $155 million in the US and Canadian box offices and $59 million in the rest of the world, beating Hollywood lofty expectations and becoming the third-highest grossing film opening in the US, after last Summers Harry Potter finale, which took $169.2 millions, and 2008 Batmans movie The Dark Night, which made $158.4 millions.
The action-filled survival drama, which is based on the first of the three best-selling young adults novels by Suzanne Collins, is about a group of teenagers who are forced by the rulers of their society to participate in a survival TV show, in which they have to fight each other to death. Only one winner survives.
Rising star, Jennifer Laurence, who was nominated for an Oscar last year, plays one of the competing teenagers, Everdeen, who becomes a beacon of hope for freedom against the totalitarian government as she dares the bend the rules of game.
Hunger Games is Lion Gates first blockbuster and heralds the birth of a new franchise, which most probably will eclipse the vampire series Twilight, because it appeals to adult as well as young audiences. The second instalment is already in the works, and will be scribed by British Oscar-winning screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy.
Other movies trailed far behind in the weekend box office. Comedy 21 Jump Street took second place with $21.3 million followed by animated Dr Seuss The Lorax with $13.1 million.