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April 2 2012

The Hunger Games Fails to Feel the Wrath of the Titans

The Hunger Games movie posterRaise your hand if you’re shocked that The Hunger Games won its second weekend at the box office. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Despite slipping 59.9% from its opening weekend, The Hunger Games still took in a large haul at the box office with $61.1 million.  This ranks as the seventh best second weekend for a film ever and brings its domestic gross up to $251 million. Including its overseas numbers, the first film in the series has now brought in $364,933,000 worldwide.

Far more lackluster this weekend was Wrath of the Titans.  The sequel to the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans brought in $34.2 million in its opening weekend compared to the previous film doing $63.8 million in the same time span.  And this one cost $150 million to make compared to $125 million last time around.  Not good.

Opening in third place was the Snow White comedy Mirror, Mirror, which didn’t light the place up with a ho-hum $19 million.

Holding on in fourth place is 21 Jump Street which is doing better than pretty much anyone expected.  It fell 26.7% this weekend to bring in another $15 million.  It has now passed $93 million domestic and should pass $100 million by next weekend at the latest.  For a $45 million gamble, it looks to be paying off.

The Lorax came in fifth with $8 million, still hanging in there despite some fairly harsh reviews.

And where was John Carter?  With $2 million it was able to land in sixth place.  It’s now done $66.2 million domestic, but $188.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of $254,510,000. With a $250 million dollar budget, an estimated $100 million in marketing and then splitting revenues with exhibiters and such, Disney has announced they will put a $200 million dollar loss on paper for this film.

The only big release next week is the 3D version of Titanic. It’ll be interesting to see how it does this time around and if it’ll be able to knock The Hunger Games out of the number one spot.



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