Sunday, April 8, 2012

Box Office Report: "Hunger" Leads to Starvation

Keep doing your thing "Hunger Games", because it's going to be a long month once your magic has drifted to a state of normality. Not to say this month has no promise whatsoever. On the contrary, there are enough decent releases throughout the month to make up for the drought that's existed below the top five at the box office. I'm sick of typing in digits below $1 million, and even sicker of talking about "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"s kinda/sorta "success". In any case, it's tough to look at this weekend's stats and not see a bit of disappointment. After all, there's been strong enough success in the 3D market to assume that something like "Titanic" would be able to thrive. I guess it's just not THAT beloved.

And I guess people don't really care about the dumb revival of a dumb film series that went away for a good reason. Don't expect "American Reunion" to stick around for good measure. Their disappointment evokes a strong enough boost for last week's somewhat honest debuts. "Wrath of the Titans" fell a good deal as expected, but it's already tracking much better than "John Carter" did. "Mirror Mirror" didn't take much of a tumble at all, and it seems that there's been some kind of positive audience reaction on the part of that film. Hopefully it'll end with some solid enough wages. "21 Jump Street" seems to be reaching the point of winding down, but it'll make it's way to $125 million pretty well. Oh yeah, and "The Hunger Games" did stabilize to a degree, and should make its way past $350 million, but not much higher.

1. "The Hunger Games" (Third Weekend; $33.5 million; $302.8 MILLION TOTAL)
2. "American Reunion" (First Weekend; $21.5 million)
3. "Titanic 3D" (First Weekend; $17.4 million; $626.5 MILLION TOTAL)
4. "Wrath of the Titans" (Second Weekend; $15 million; $58.9 MILLION TOTAL)
5. "Mirror Mirror" (Second Weekend; $11 million; $36.5 MILLION TOTAL)
6. "21 Jump Street" (Fourth Weekend; $10.2 million; $109.6 MILLION TOTAL)
7. "The Lorax" (Sixth Weekend; $5 million; $198.2 MILLION TOTAL)
8. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" (Fifth Weekend; $1 million; $4.6 MILLION TOTAL)
9. "John Carter" (Fifth Weekend; $0.8 million; $68 MILLION TOTAL)
10. "Safe House" (Ninth Weekend; $0.6 million; $124.8 MILLION TOTAL)

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