Despite a strong second weekend drop, "The Hunger Games" leveled off in weekend three, becoming the first film this year to cross $300 million domestic. Though overseas audiences haven't been nearly as rabid for the YA adaptation (maybe too busy having sweeping romances and bawdy sex?), we could be looking at a final tally somewhere between $600-$700 million worldwide. Most films need a high-end budget to accomplish that, so you bet Hollywood is paying attention to the fact that this picture only cost around $80-$90 million.
My heart will go on, but not quite like it did two decades ago. "Titanic 3D" was expected to have a bigger opening, given that it's the ideal title for a 3D re-release, but it couldn't come close to matching the impressive haul for "The Lion King 3D" last year. It may be the runtime, of course -- it's extremely difficult for a three-hour movie to pull in hefty grosses, and for being a billion dollar movie, it's unusual that the biggest weekend "Titanic" ever had was in the neighborhood of $36 million, which surprisingly wasn't achieved until its fifth week. So it's likely worth monitoring how the mega-blockbuster does in its second weekend, though Easter should have proved to be a stronger launching pad.
Holding up pretty strongly after a quiet debut, "Mirror Mirror" stayed in the top five as its gross neared $40 million. As predicted, it held up quite nicely over Easter weekend compared to its competition, and should be in line for a final gross that's less successful and more of a face-saving strategy. While no one is surprised at the film's take right now, they'd really like a stronger third weekend to get this film as close to $70-$80 million as possible. The film stayed above "21 Jump Street" and "The Lorax," both still hitting strong audience numbers. The R-rated action-comedy is still registering strong numbers after passing $100 million, unquestionably a hit for Sony at a somewhat smaller cost. The Dr. Seuss animated film, meanwhile, inched even closer to $200 million domestic, that target a foregone conclusion by now.
Knocking on the door of the top ten was "The Raid: Redemption." The Indonesian actioner grabbed $565k on 170 screens and has slowly been expanding, crossing the $1 million mark in the process. It was the big winner in an indie market that saw a couple of strong debuts. "Damsels In Distress" pulled in $64k at four engagements, while "We Have A Pope" hit $31k at three locations, both strong openings for the hyped arthouse arrivals. Holdover "Bully" went from five to six locations, pulling in $75k, though it's reasonable to expect further expansion. Support your local arthouse theater, boys and girls.
1. The Munchies Games (Lionsgate) - $33.5 million ($303 mil.)
2. American Reunion (Universal) - $21.5 million
3. Titanic 3D (Paramount) - $17.4 million ($26 mil.)
4. Rash Of The Titans (Warner Bros.) - $15 million ($59 mil.)
5. Mirror Mirror (Relativity) - $11 million ($36 mil.)
6. 21 Jump Street (Sony) - $10.2 million ($110 mil.)
7. Dr. Seuss' Grave Tapdancing (Universal) - $5 million ($198 mil.)
8. Salmon Fishing. Yea Man (CBS) - $975k ($4.6 mil.)
9. Juan Carter (Disney) - $820k ($68 mil.)
10. Safe House Music (Universal) - $581k ($125 mil.)