Last week saw the debut of the monster hit The Hunger Games. This week that film held well enough to keep an iron grip on the weekend box office. Raking in an estimated $61 Million over the weekend, the super sized block buster is now over $250 Million in just over a week.
The movie did drop over 60% from it’s opening last weekend, but in comparison to films like the Twilight series that is a decent hold. Especially when you take into consideration that films like these are notoriously front loaded, the second weekend take for The Hunger Games is impressive.
Coming in at number two this weekend was Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to the 2010 film Clash of the Titans. With a total of $34 Million, Wrath brought in only just better than half of the original’s open in the similar weekend two years ago. Given the current trend of sequels performing at levels similar to the reception of the previous film, this low number had to be expected.
The third place spot this weekend went to the first of 2012’s Snow White based features, Mirror Mirror. Bringing in $19 Million, the fantastical tale represented director Tarsem’s second biggest opening yet. His last film, Immortals, put the artistic director on the map, and while the film will likely be an after thought in a few weeks Mirror Mirror did nothing to hinder his burgeoning career.
Elsewhere in the top 10, 21 Jump Street is knocking on the door of $100 Million dollars in it’s third week of release. This is a huge win for everyone involved and will likely not be the last time we see Channing Tatum in a comedic lead role.
The Lorax continues to pile on to it’s impressive totals, and now looks assured to cross the $200 Million mark sooner rather than later. John Carter is still a depressing blip at the number 6 spot, the film might find future life as a cult favorite, but as it stands now it is a black eye for many of it’s principle players.
Next week sees the 3D re-release parade continue with one of the biggest films of all time, Titanic. Also hoping to capitalize on 90s era nostalgia is American Reunion, the fourth and supposedly final installment of the original American Pie crew. There is a good chance The Hunger Games will still have some strong legs left too, so the potential box office crown will be in play for a lot of films next weekend.
1 The Hunger Games $61,100,000
2 Wrath of the Titans $34,200,000
3 Mirror Mirror $19,000,000
4 21 Jump Street $15,000,000
5 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $8,000,000
6 John Carter $2,005,000
7 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $1,274,000
8 Act of Valor $1,006,000
9 A Thousand Words $915,000
10 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $835,000