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Published on April 16th, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella


America Stays Hungry as ‘The Hunger Games’ Stays at #1

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The country just can’t get enough of Katniss Everdeen as The Hunger Games remained #1 at the box office for the fourth straight week with $21 million, and it just keeps taking out competitors week after week. This past weekend, it withstood an attack from The Three Stooges ($17 million), The Cabin in the Woods ($14.7 million), which finished second and third respectively, while Luc Besson-produced Lockout, finished a disappointing ninth with just $6.2 million.

The Three Stooges surprised at the box office, making over half of its $30 million budget back its first weekend, while Joss Whedon faithfuls didn’t support The Cabin in the Woods as many had hoped. It will be interesting to see if the film gets any kind of word of mouth after its did-you-get-it-or-didn’t-you ending will either draw in more curious moviegoers or scare them off. Those that didn’t connect the dots on the ending, or were told about it later may come back for a second viewing but its chances of making a big splash at the domestic box office seems to be gone.

Titanic 3D stuck in the top five films, finishing fourth with a strong $11.9 million and bringing in $44.7 million in just 10 days adding to the $1.4 billion it already made the first time around. American Reunion fell below James Cameron’s 1997 juggernaut to fifth place.

Falling down to make room for the newcomers were Wrath of the Titans (sixth, $6.9 million), Mirror Mirror (seventh, $6.8 million), 21 Jump Street (eighth, $6.6 million) and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (10th, $3 million).

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In smaller releases, falling out of the Top 10 was the always satisfying Lasse Hallstrom, with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (12th place). It lost 89 theaters showing to just 435 theaters, but fell just -10.5% with just $888,546. Anti-bullying documentary Bully debuted with 158 theaters across the country at 16th place making $535,433 at the box office. The Weinstein company will likely see how it does these first few weeks before deciding how wide to release it. Housefull 2 tumbled far from its ninth place finish last week to 19th. The most pleasant surprise in the indie market was martial arts action film The Raid: Redemption, which added 705 theaters (881 total) and moved up from 14th to 11th.

Here is the list of the top 20 films in Weekend #9 of 2012 according to Box Office Mojo and their actual box office numbers.

1 The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) $21,096,824
2 The Three Stooges (Fox) $17,010,125
3 The Cabin in the Woods (Lionsgate) $14,743,614
4 Titanic 3D (Paramount) $11,930,249
5 American Reunion (Universal) $10,473,810
6 Wrath of the Titans (Warner Bros.) $6,906,209
7 Mirror Mirror (Relativity) $6,847,924
8 21 Jump Street (Sony) $6,558,868
9 Lockout (Film District) $6,231,836
10 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal) $3,051,285
11 The Raid: Redemption (Sony Pictures Classic) $961,454
12 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (CBS) $888,546
13 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Warner Bros.) $721,427
14 Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day (Codeblack) $641,542
15 October Baby (Samuel Goldwyn) $543,114
16 Bully (The Weinstein Co.) $535,433
17 John Carter (Buena Vista/Disney) $346,858
18 Safe House (Universal) $337,610
19 Housefull 2 (Eros) $286,735
20 Blue Like Jazz (Roadside Attraction) $258,653

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