Weekend Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Still Wins, 'Wrath' and 'Mirror' Open Lowby: Posted:
Considering the massive $152.5 million that "The Hunger Games" earned last weekend and the generally positive reviews it received, it's no surprise that the dystopian action flick took the top spot at the box office in its second weekend out as well. "The Hunger Games" had a drop of about 60% (not bad for a movie with such a high opening) and landed at about $61.1 million for the weekend.
That brings the cumulative total for "The Hunger Games" to $251 million over just two weeks, making it the fastest $250-mil earner for a non-sequel. There are a lot of happy execs over at Lionsgate right now.
Not quite so happy are the execs at Warner Bros, whose sequel "Wrath of the Titans" opened a bit lower than expected. The movie pulled in $34.2 million, but it was hoped to bring in upwards of $40 million. However, considering the tough weekend going up against not only "The Hunger Games" but also the Final Four of March Madness, a drop-off is to be expected.
"Mirror Mirror" was hit a little harder, pulling in only $19 million despite a massive ad campaign. That may be in part due to the narrow audience focus; the trailers clearly advertise this movie as a family film, and no attempts have been made to market it to older demographics. Still, with Easter coming up, "Mirror Mirror" could do well down the stretch.
In fourth place was "21 Jump Street," which continued a successful run with another $15 million in its third week. That puts the move at $93 million total domestic, so it should pass $100 million easily in the next week.
Fifth place went to "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," which earned another $8 million to get to $189.6 million domestic over five weeks. Expect this animated bohemoth to pass $200 mil in the next couple of weeks.
- "The Hunger Games" - $61.1 million ($251M)
- "Wrath of the Titans" - $34.2 million
- "Mirror Mirror" - $19 million
- "21 Jump Street" - $15 million ($93M)
- "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" - $8 million ($189.6M)