Lionsgate’s cash cow has become the fastest non-sequel to cross $250m in the US and reached the milestone on its tenth day of release. New arrivals Wrath Of The Titans and Mirror Mirror had to settle for second and third places, respectively.
The Hunger Games remains active on 4,137 theatres and fell 60% in its second weekend. Overall box office was ahead of the same weekend last year by around 25% according to reports as 2012 continued its dynamic start.
Wrath Of The Titans opened through Warner Bros on $34.2m, some way behind the $61.2m debut of Clash Of The Titans exactly two years ago. Sam Worthington reprises his role as the Greek hero Perseus.
Opening in third place on a disappointing $19m from 3,603 theatres was Relativity’s fantasy adventure Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins. The company limited its downside with notable international sales through FilmNation and was one of the hit sales titles in Cannes last year, nevertheless this was a rare disappointment for the seldom-seen Roberts.
MGM-Sony’s action comedy 21 Jump Street in fourth place will cross $100m by next weekend and stands at $93.1m after three sessions following a $15m haul through Sony.
Disney’s flop John Carter, which the company admitted recently would cost it a $200m write-down, ranks sixth on $66.2m after four weekends. Also dismal is Paramount’s A Thousand Words, which ranks ninth on $16.5m after four weekends.
CBS Films’ Toronto 2011 acquisition Salmon Fishing In The Yemen with Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt climbed nine places to seventh after expanding in its fourth weekend by 359 sites to 483 and earned $1.3m for $3.2m.
TWC’s documentary Bully, which has been the subject of a highly publicised ratings campaign waged by Harvey Weinstein, opened in five theatres on $115,000 for an impressive $23,000 per-site average.
Horror thriller Intruders opened through Millennium Entertainment on $40,500 from 33 sites for a lowly $1,227 average. Clive Owen stars and Jean Carlos Fresnadillo directed. Samuel Goldwyn Films opened documentary The Island President on $15,600 from two sites.
Next weekend’s wide releases are Universal’s comedy American Reunion with Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Alyson Hannigan and Paramount’s 3D re-release of Titanic with Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio.
Estimated Top 10 North America Mar 30-Apr 1 2012
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (1) The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Lionsgate $61.1m $251m
2 (-) Wrath Of The Titans (Warner Bros) WBPI $34.2m –
3 (-) Mirror Mirror (Relativity) Relativity-FilmNation $19m –
4 (2) 21 Jump Street (Sony-MGM) SPRI $15m $93.1m
5 (3) Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal) UPI $8m $189.6m
6 (4) John Carter (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $2m $66.2m
7 (16) Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (CBS Films) $1.3m $3.2m
8 (5) Act Of Valor (Relativity) Relativity-FilmNation $1m $67.8m
9 (6) A Thousand Words (Paramount-Dwks) PPI $915,000 $16.5m
10 (10) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Warner Bros-New Line) WBPI $835,000 $98.5m