Box Office Results for April 13, 2012

This weekend, audiences made The Hunger Games the first film since Avatar to hold the number one spot for four consecutive frames as the runaway smash hit fended off competition from a trio of new releases.  The Lionsgate pic held up incredibly well dropping only 35% to an estimated $21.5M, which was enough to lead the box office field.  The decline was its smallest yet and especially impressive since it was coming off of the Easter holiday session.  The Hunger Games has now amassed a stunning $337.1M in only 24 days of release shooting it up to number 22 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters just ahead of the $336.5M of 2007’s Spider-Man 3.  The Katniss sensation is now on course to outgross every Harry Potter and Twilight film in North America, even the final Hogwarts pic, which was helped by 3D surcharges.

Overseas, the blockbuster continued to fade away dropping around 40% to an estimated $15M from 60 territories upping the overseas total to $194M and the worldwide haul to $531.1M.  At its current pace, The Hunger Games may reach $390M or more from North America and over $650M worldwide, not bad for a film that cost $75M to produce.  All eyes now shift to Zac Efron who aims to topple the four-time champ next weekend with his romance The Lucky One, which has been gaining traction.

Low-brow humor found its way into second place as the PG-rated comedy The Three Stooges scored the best debut among new releases with an estimated $17.1M.  The 20th Century Fox release averaged a decent $4,918 from 3,477 locations and appealed to younger kids who like to see slapstick comedy and the dads that loved the bumbling trio from ages ago.  A lack of options for young boys during a time when many schools are on break also helped.  Directed by the Farrelly Brothers, The Three Stooges played 58% male and 52% under 25, according to studio research.  The CinemaScore was only a B- and reviews were generally negative but not as atrocious as they were expected to be.

Earning amazing reviews for a horror film, The Cabin in the Woods bowed in third place with an estimated $14.9M from 2,811 theaters for a respectable $5,283 average.  The R-rated chiller about a group of college students terrorized while vacationing at a remote cabin scored early buzz thanks to its well-received premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.  Glowing reviews only added to the heat and a launch on Friday the 13th certainly didn’t hurt.  Though a good debut, The Cabin in the Woods did not generate a huge bow even though there have been almost no major fright films since early January.  Lionsgate is hoping that positive buzz will keep the target audience interested.

While it didn’t have the legs of its original release in 1997, the 3D update on Titanic did enjoy one of the best holds of any wide release dipping only 33% to an estimated $11.6M putting it in fourth place.  After 12 days, the Paramount and 20th Century Fox title has collected $44.4M lifting the lifetime domestic tally to $645.2M.  Back when it was first released, Titanic actually surged 24% in its second weekend going from $28.6M to $35.5M.

But the real fireworks for the iceberg romance this weekend came from overseas markets where Titanic claimed the number one spot with a scorching $88.2M from 69 markets boosting the international gross for the 3D version to $146.4M including an eye-popping $58M launch in China fueled by 3,500 screens including 66 IMAX venues.  In fact, Titanic 3D could very well be the first Hollywood movie to open bigger in China than in the U.S. and the gap between the two powerful markets is vast.  This weekend, which marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the actual ship, the James Cameron hit ranked either first or second in 24 international territories allowing Titanic to smash the $2 billion global lifetime gross mark.  A whopping 77% of the $190.8M tallied worldwide by the 3D upgrade has come from outside of North America where 20th Century Fox, as with the original release, distributes.

Following in fifth was the comedy fourquel American Reunion, which dropped 51% in its sophomore frame to an estimated $10.7M putting the ten-day total at $39.9M.  Compared to the last theatrical sequels in the franchise, the $50M production is running 39% behind 2003’s American Wedding and 54% behind 2001’s American Pie 2.  The Snow White pic Mirror Mirror fared well in its third round with an estimated $7M, off 37%, for a $49.5M cume for Relativity.

The 3D adventure Wrath of the Titans followed falling 53% to an estimated $6.9M giving Warner Bros. $71.3M to date from North America.  A $16M international weekend put the overseas take at $188M raising the global gross to $259.3M.  Close behind was 21 Jump Street, which collected an estimated $6.8M, down 32%, and a $120.6M domestic tally.

Opening poorly in ninth was the sci-fi actioner Lockout, which took in just $6.3M according to estimates in its first attack.  Averaging a weak $2,708 from 2,308 locations, the FilmDistrict and EuropaCorp pic was distributed by Open RoadIllumination‘s hit toon The Lorax rounded out the top ten with an estimated $3M, off 40%, boosting the cume to $204.5M making the Dr. Seuss film the highest-grossing animated film since the studio’s own Despicable Me, which grossed $251.5M in the summer of 2010.  Worldwide, The Lorax has banked $278.8M so far.

A handful of indie titles found themselves just outside of the top ten.  The Indonesian cop thriller The Raid: Redemption expanded nationally from 176 to 881 theaters and rose to number eleven with an estimated $1M with $2.6M overall to date for Sony ClassicsSalmon Fishing in the Yemen dipped a scant 8% to an estimated $911,000 lifting the total for CBS and Lionsgate to $6.1M.  The much-hyped documentary Bully widened with its new PG-13 cut playing in 158 theaters after screening in just six venues last weekend.  The Weinstein Co. release grossed an estimated $534,000 for a dull $3,380 average and $813,000 cume.

The summer movie season got started overseas this weekend with Universal and Hasbro waging war early with the launch of its action tentpole Battleship, which grossed an estimated $58M from debuts in 26 territories, 20 of which saw top spot bows.  In Asian markets like Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, the mega-budgeted $200M+ production generated the best opening of 2012 to date.  China and Russia, quickly becoming the most important overseas markets for Hollywood action movies, will bow next week with the international cume expected to soar.  The early launch gives Universal a two-week headstart over the superhero event film The Avengers, which invades markets around the world over the final weekend of April before debuting in North America a week later.  That puts Battleship in a tactical position to commence its offshore attack an unusual five weeks before the stateside launch which is set for May 18.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $105.7M, which was down 4% from last year when Blue Sky StudiosRio opened in the top spot with $39.2M; and off 2% from 2010 when Lionsgate and Marv FilmsKick-Ass debuted at number one with $19.8M.

April 13, 2012 to April 15, 2012 Top Ten



1.   The Hunger Games

  • $21,500,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment)

2.   The Three Stooges

  • $17,100,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

3.   The Cabin in the Woods

  • $14,850,000
  • a Lionsgate release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Mutant Enemy Productions

4.   Titanic 3D

  • $11,625,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

5.   American Reunion

  • $10,650,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media

6.   Mirror Mirror

  • $7,000,000
  • Relativity Media

7.   Wrath of the Titans

  • $6,905,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

8.   21 Jump Street

  • $6,800,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings), and Relativity Media

9.   Lockout

  • $6,250,000
  • an Open Road release (AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group)
  • FilmDistrict and EuropaCorp

10. The Lorax

  • $3,020,000
  • Illumination Entertainment (NBCUniversal)


April 15, 2011 to April 17, 2011 Top Ten



1.   Rio

  • $40,000,000
  • Blue Sky Studios (Fox Entertainment Group)

2.   Scream 4

  • $19,279,000
  • Dimension Films (The Weinstein Company)

3.   Hop

  • $11,167,000
  • Illumination Entertainment (NBCUniversal)

4.   Soul Surfer

  • $7,400,000
  • a TriStar release (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • FilmDistrict and Enticing Entertainment

5.   Hanna

  • $7,327,000
  • Focus Features (NBCUniversal)

6.   Arthur

  • $6,940,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

7.   Insidious

  • $6,857,000
  • FilmDistrict and Stage 6 Films (Sony Pictures Entertainment)


8.   Source Code

  • $6,300,000
  • a Summit release
  • Vendôme Pictures


9.   The Conspirator

  • $3,924,000
  • a Roadside Attractions release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • The American Film Company

10. Your Highness

  • $3,895,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)


April 16, 2010 to April 18, 2010 Top Ten



1.   Kick-Ass

  • $19,829,000
  • a Lionsgate release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Marv Films

2.   How to Train Your Dragon

  • $19,633,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

3.   Date Night

  • $16,720,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

4.   Death at a Funeral

  • $16,218,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

5.   Clash of the Titans

  • $15,385,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

6.   The Last Song

  • $5,963,000
  • Touchstone Pictures (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

7.   Why Did I Get Married Too?

  • $4,099,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment) and Tyler Perry Studios


8.   Alice in Wonderland

  • $3,656,000
  • Walt Disney Pictures (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

9.   Hot Tub Time Machine

  • $3,490,000
  • United Artists (MGM Holdings)

10. The Bounty Hunter

  • $3,084,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Relativity Media

~ by Matt Whitfield on April 19, 2012.

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