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Thompson on Hollywood By Brian Fuson | Thompson on Hollywood April 1, 2012 at 1:07PM

As expected, Lionsgates’ “The Hunger Games” held onto the top spot at the box office in spectacular fashion this weekend as the blockbuster film grossed an estimated $61.1 million, down a relatively modest 60% considering its record opening. The sci-fi actioner rocketed past the $200-million mark on Friday, or in eight days...
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As expected, Lionsgates’ “The Hunger Games” held onto the top spot at the box office in spectacular fashion this weekend, as the blockbuster film grossed an estimated $61.1 million, down a relatively modest 60% considering its record opening. The sci-fi actioner rocketed past the $200-million mark on Friday-- in eight days--and the domestic cume through the weekend is an impressive $251.3 million – reaching the $250-million level faster than any other non-sequel. (See Top Ten Box Office Chart below.)

Internationally the “Hunger Games” has taken in around $113.9 million – combining for a worldwide cume of stunning $364.9 million. “Hunger Games” also hit another unique note in boxoffice history this weekend as it was the top movie, the top-selling book, and the top-selling album.

Overall, it was another up weekend at the boxoffice in North America with an estimated total of $154 million, marking a stout 23% improvement on last year’s $124.7 million.  As a result of the high number of up weekends in 2012 so far, the estimated year-to-date total stands ahead of last year at this time by a solid 20%.

In the second spot was Warner Bros.’ “Wrath Of The Titans” with an estimated $34.2 million, a lukewarm debut considering it’s estimated $150-million budget and the $61.2 million opening of “Clash of the Titans." IMAX contributed a solid $4.7 million from 292 locations to the opening this weekend.

“We knew this was going to be a tough weekend,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for Warner Bros., referring to both “Hunger Games” and the NCAA basketball tournament finals. “But we had a good solid opening.  We hoped to get some playability and positive word-of-mouth in order to set up a strong second weekend.  We’re going to get there, we’re just going to get there in a different way.”

Fellman noted that “Clash” opened on Good Friday, when 82% of kids were out of school, while this past Friday the Spring Break had not yet begun. Only starting Monday will 31%of kids will be out of school; this coming Good Friday that number will jump to 82%.

“Clash” made most of its epic $493.2 million boxoffice gross internationally, with $163.2 million domestic and $330 million foreign, and “Wrath” will most likely do the same.  With an international cume of roughly $112.2 million so far, the estimated worldwide cume for “Wrath” is close to $150 million.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.