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Box Office Results · March 25, 2012

Over the weekend ‘The Hunger Games’ feasted on essentially all of the money going into movie theatres! All of it!!

In three days Katniss and Company reaped an astounding $155M to dominate the Box Office. Let’s review the extensive list of records this movie broke since its release on Friday:

First of all, it is the third-best debut of all time, sitting just behind ‘The Dark Knight’ ($158M) and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ ($169M). It is also the best opening for any film outside of the summer blockbuster season as well as the biggest opening for a non-sequel.

The big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel captured an estimated $68M on Friday alone, making it the fifth-best opening day ever.

Also, ‘The Hunger Games’ pulled in a nice chunk of change from its IMAX release. But, if you’d like to see it in the staggering majesty of IMAX you’d better hurry because it’s a limited one-week engagement. This Friday all the Tributes gets the boot for ‘Wrath of the Titans’.

Be sure to check out our review of ‘The Hunger Games’.

Since we’re chatting about sci-fi book-to-movie adaptations, let’s briefly touch on the fact that ‘John Carter’, which cost Disney $250M to make has only pulled in $62.3M in three weeks – that is less than ‘The Hunger Games’ grossed in one day… and it only cost Lionsgate $80M to produce. Yikes!

What’s that? Oh yeah, there were other movies that opened on Friday! The drama ‘October Baby’ entered the top ten in the 8th position with a decent $1.7M in just under 400 theatres.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW

Movie Title

Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 The Hunger Games $155,000,000 $155,000,000 1
2 1 21 Jump Street $21,300,000 $71,051,000 2
3 2 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $13,100,000 $177,300,000 4
4 3 John Carter $5,014,000 $62,347,000 3
5 5 Act of Valor $2,062,000 $65,942,000 5
6 4 Project X $1,950,000 $51,752,000 4
7 6 A Thousand Words $1,925,000 $14,926,000 3
8 October Baby $1,718,000 $1,718,000 1
9 7 Safe House $1,400,000 $122,600,000 7
10 8 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $1,373,000 $97,155,000 7

 (via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Lionsgate Entertainment]
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New in Theatres · March 23, 2012

Let the Hunger Games begin!

There is only one major movie release this weekend, and it’s a big one. ‘The Hunger Games’. The cinematic adaptation of the ridiculously popular and beloved teen fiction series is finally here!

And with ticketing sites like Fandango reporting that ‘The Hunger Games’ has already sold more advance tickets than any other non-sequel; this series looks poised to pick up the “epic novel to epic movie franchise” torch that ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ are relinquishing.

But, unlike the aforementioned ‘Twilight’, ‘The Hunger Games’ is receiving solid reviews and is currently listed at 87% Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. Experts are also estimating this movie is going to be pulling in well over $100M at the Box Office this weekend. So, if you’re planning on taking a leisurely stroll down to the local movieplex to watch Katniss and her inner monologue kick some ass; you may want to rethink your strategy – because you’re really going to need a better game plan than that!

If you’re not feeling the whole “watching kids hunt each other down and fight to the death” thing, there’s always ’21 Jump Street’… That Tatum Channing, he’s so hot right now!

THE HUNGER GAMES
The Games Will Change Everyone.

Directing: Gary Ross
Writing: Gary Ross, Billy Ray (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (novel, screenplay)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Price of Admission will get you: love triangles, brutal violence, a bleak dystopian future and attractive teenagers forced to slaughter each other for  entertainment. It’s everything a moviegoer could ask for!

Running Time · 142 min
Genre · Action / Drama / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

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