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Mania Box Office Report

By Robert T. Trate     March 25, 2012
Source: Box Office Mojo

It should really comes as no surprise that this weekend The Hunger Games took the number spot in the box office. Gary Ross’ movie based on Suzanne Collins’ novel had a frenzy mounting over the past few weeks. If the studios get what they want out of the property it should do Twilight numbers. However, only next weekend numbers will indicate if the next tween frenzy is actually The Hunger Games. The film’s only direct competition next week comes from The Wrath of the Titans.

1. The Hunger Games - $155,000,000
2. 21 Jump Street - $21,300,000
3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax - $13,100,000
4. John Carter - $5,014,000
5. Act of Valor - $2,062,000
6. Project X - $1,950,000
7. A Thousand Words - $1,925,000
8. October Baby (2012) - $1,718,000
9. Safe House - $1,400,000
10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - $1,373,000

The Hunger Games did have the third highest grossing opening weekend of all time. It knocked Spider-Man 3 down one notch by 4 million dollars. Here are the all time opening weekend numbers:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - $169,189,427
2. The Dark Knight - $158,411,483
3. The Hunger Games -$155,000,000
4. Spider-Man 3 - $151,116,516
5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $142,839,137
6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - $138,122,261
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $135,634,554
8. Iron Man 2 - $128,122,480
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - $125,017,372
10. Shrek the Third - $121,629,270



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redslayer 3/25/2012 8:41:38 PM

I went to see the Hunger games over the weekend.  I was not unhappy with the film but certanly I was expecting much more!  My only hope is Wrath ot the Titans until Avengers comes in May

vitieddie 3/25/2012 9:15:05 PM

Posted my review already but yes - a solid film but not great. John Carter deserves more than its getting. My rating for hunger games would be 3/5.

Its amazing how well this film is doing. Can the Avengers beat the opening weekend BO of hunger games? Time will tell.

halfbloodprincess 3/25/2012 9:49:30 PM

 Even if you didn't think it was a great movie you have to admit it was tons better then Twlight. It may be geared towards younger kids/teenagers but the characters have so much more depth then they do in Twlight. Katniss is nothing like Bella, she is her own person, she has her own hobbies and she doesn't even need a man.

vitieddie 3/25/2012 10:16:13 PM

Except there was a "Jacob" in this movie as well  ... lol

wessmith1966 3/26/2012 12:25:44 AM

Never read the books so I didn't know what to expect. The film was entertaining to be sure and better than a lot of the films we've gotten in recent weeks/months, but I'm shocked at the numbers. It wasn't THAT good of a movie IMHO.

It's a shame John Carter didn't connect with audiences.

Looking forward to Wrath. I'm not a WOrthington fan, but the movie looks fun.

goatartist 3/26/2012 2:25:20 AM

 I know this is just a box office report, but can we do some spell-check first. Pull an all-nighter Robert?


ElBaz13 3/26/2012 5:13:57 AM

I agree, I did like John Carter more than Hunger Games but that's the sci-fi/comic fanboy.

If anyone is wondering why JC did not have a Hunger Games type opening it has to do with what's hot now. The Hunger Games trilogy is hot now. Had they decided to make a movie not today, but in 100 years from now, then I'm sure it wouldn't have the same opening weekend.

Another problem with JC is the fact that it's not and hasn't been popular in pop culture over the years. Had there been successful movies or TV shows in the past 100 years, then perhaps it would have drawn more interest.

Avengers will still own.

Dazzler 3/26/2012 5:15:30 AM

What's with the short list of info?  I like to see budgets and stuff. 

Hobbs 3/26/2012 5:34:48 AM

Hunger games had the benefit of being the next tween movie sensation that also appealed to a wider audience over 25 years old.  JC had none of that seeing it was a book series before all of us were born and that the tween generation probably never heard of.

Dazzler, I don't know the rest but I think Hunger Games had a budget of 78 mil if that helps.


hanso 3/26/2012 5:58:04 AM

 21 jump street was money!  flick is funny as hell.  u all should check it out.

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