Weekend Box Office: Hunger Games Outruns Titans And Mirror Mirror

By Scott Gwin 2012-04-01 15:57:53discussion comments
Weekend Box Office: Hunger Games Outruns Titans And Mirror Mirror image
The Hunger Games seems to be more than what fans could have asked for as audiences flocked to theaters once again to hand the movie its second number one weekend. While dropping a hefty 60% from its record breaking $152 million opening last week, it's still in healthy shape. Crossing the $200 million mark in just 8 days, it became one of only five movies in history to ever achieve the feat.

Already the top selling movie of the year so far, The Hunger Games will easily hit $300 million in domestic sales and possibly wind up somewhere near the $375 million mark, making it a match for major movies set to arrive this summer, including sequels like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

Speaking of sequels, Wrath of the Titans crash landed for its first weekend debut, belly flopping in a manner worthy of the gods. It was more like wrath of the audiences. The movie came in second, banking just $34 million against its special-effects laden $150 million budget. While many major sequels do better than their predecessor, Wrath bottomed out, earning little better than half of the $61 million Clash of the Titans opened with in 2010.

Mirror Mirror, the first of two versions of the Snow White story arriving in theaters this year, settled for a quiet third place, banking just $19 million against its stout $85 million price tag. That's a step backwards for director Tarsem Singh (who also brought you The Cell) whose rated-R fantasy drama The Immortals opened with $32 million at the end of last year.

For the full weekend top ten run down, check out the chart below:

1.
The Hunger Games $61,100,000 Total: $251,033,000 LW: 1     WR: 2    
THTRS: 4,137
2.
Wrath of the Titans * $34,200,000 Total: $34,200,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,545
3.
Mirror Mirror * $19,000,000 Total: $19,000,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,603
4.
21 Jump Street $15,000,000 Total: $93,100,000 LW: 2     WR: 3    
THTRS: 3,148
5.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax $8,000,000 Total: $189,600,000 LW: 3     WR: 5    
THTRS: 3,264
6.
John Carter $2,005,000 Total: $66,210,000 LW: 4     WR: 4    
THTRS: 2,397
7.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $1,274,000 Total: $3,171,000 LW: 16     WR: 4    
THTRS: 483
8.
Act of Valor $1,006,000 Total: $67,750,000 LW: 5     WR: 6    
THTRS: 1,239
9.
A Thousand Words $915,000 Total: $16,520,000 LW: 6     WR: 4    
THTRS: 1,007
10.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $835,000 Total: $98,480,000 LW: 10     WR: 8    
THTRS: 908

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