Monday, March 26, 2012

Box Office: Spectacular Opening for Hunger Games

BOOM! What was that? Oh that was a canon to signify how much The Hunger Games slayed the box office this past weekend. How much exactly? Well, it made $152.5 million, good for third place behind the final Harry Potter film ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4). While that is impressive enough, it also became the highest debut ever for a non-sequel besting last year's Alice in Wonderland by a lot. The Hunger Games is also the only non-sequel in the top 10 list of all-time openings (and only one of five in the top 25).

As part of its mega-blockbuster weekend take, it broke a couple more records for non-sequels taking in nearly $20 million for its midnight showing and $67.3 million for its opening day. The latter tally was only $100K above The Dark Knight's opening day. Suffice it to say, it was also Lionsgate's top grosser of all time already beating Fahrenheit 9/11 ($119.2 million) in just its first three days. Internationally, the film wasn't as big netting only $59.3 million in a handful of territories. Its worldwide take of $211.8 million is good for 21st place. For our part, my friends and I shelled out $70 on its opening day and may just see the film again down the line.

As I predicted last week, it was a great weekend for Josh Hutcherson who has two films book-ending the top 10 with Journey 2 getting tenth place and just shy of the $100 million milestone. Last week's boy wonder Canning Tatum saw his film fall to 2nd place this week raking in $20.4 million for a total tally of $70.2 million. This year's top grossing film (at least for a couple more days), The Lorax fell to third with a total gross of $177.4 million. Domestic bomb John Carter stalled in 4th place dipping 63% from last weekend so far recouping just 1/4th of its reported budget. Finally, little-known abortion film October Baby debut in the top 10 in limited theaters while the Indonesian film The Raid: Redemption notched the second best per theater average out of all films with its solid $214K gross in just 14 theaters.

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