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‘Hunger Games’ Defeats ‘Stooges’ to Lead Box Office Again

April 16, 2012

“The Hunger Games” led the U.S. box office for a fourth consecutive weekend, becoming the first film since 2009’s “Avatar” to accomplish that feat.

The Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF:US) movie generated $21.1 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement. That was enough to hold off “The Three Stooges,” which opened in second place with $17 million, and the horror film “The Cabin in the Woods,” third in its debut with $14.7 million.

Released on March 23, “The Hunger Games” has played during a relatively slow period ahead of the summer movie season, and has taken in $336.7 million in domestic sales and about $531 million worldwide. “Avatar,” the biggest grossing film of all time, was No. 1 for its first seven weekends, while “Titanic,” released in December 1997, held the top spot for 17 weeks.

“‘Hunger Games’ has a combination of repeat business and positive word of mouth,” said Paul Sweeney, a media and Internet analyst for Bloomberg Industries in New Jersey. “This movie is going to continue to have legs throughout the spring before Hollywood gets ready for the summer blockbusters.”

“The Hunger Games,” the story of a dystopian society in which teens are forced to fight to the death in a televised competition, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson. Lions Gate, based in Vancouver and run from Santa Monica, California, is planning as many as three more films based on Suzanne Collins’s trilogy of books. The next one, “Catching Fire,” is scheduled for release in November 2013.

‘Cabin in the Woods’

In “The Three Stooges,” from News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox, Larry, Curly and Moe are drawn into a murder plot as they try to save their childhood home. The Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter, directed and co-wrote the script. Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos star as the three brothers.

Sweeney called it a “decent” opening.

“Expectations for this film were conservative because it’s a story and characters that haven’t been in the mainstream for some time,” he said.

“The Cabin in the Woods,” also from Lions Gate, follows a group of young adults who find themselves under attack after gathering for the weekend at an isolated retreat. The film, directed by Drew Goddard, features Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.

‘American Reunion’

James Cameron’s 3-D makeover of “Titanic” was fourth, with sales of $11.9 million. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a struggling artist who woos an upper-class passenger, portrayed by Kate Winslet, away from her wealthy fiancé as the doomed ship steams toward an iceberg. The film won 11 Academy Awards, including the Oscars for best picture, best director and best visual effects.

Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. (VIAB:US), is distributing “Titanic” in the U.S. and Canada. Fox is handling overseas distribution. The studios co-financed the original film.

The raunchy comedy “American Reunion” fell to fifth from second with $10.5 million in receipts for Comcast Corp. (CMCSA:US)’s Universal Pictures. The movie, the fourth in the “American Pie” series, follows the misadventures of four buddies who return to their hometown for a high school reunion. The film features original cast members Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy.

Weekend revenue for the top 12 films fell 8.8 percent to $106.7 million from the year-earlier period, Hollywood.com said. Year-to-date U.S. box-office sales have risen 19 percent to $2.98 billion, while attendance is up 22 percent.

The amounts below are based on actual tickets sales for April 13 to April 15.

                     Rev.             Avg./    Pct.    Total
Movie               (mln) Theaters  Theater    Chg.    (mln) Wks
================================================================
 1 THE HUNGER GAMES  $21.1    3,916   $5,387   -36   $336.7    4
 2 THREE STOOGES      17.0    3,477    4,892    --     17.0    1
 3 CABIN IN THE WOODS 14.7    2,811    5,245    --     14.7    1
 4 TITANIC 3-D        11.9    2,697    4,424    31     44.7    2
 5 AMERICAN REUNION   10.5    3,203    3,270   -51     39.7    2
 6 WRATH OF TITANS     6.9    3,102    2,226   -53     71.3    3
 7 MIRROR MIRROR       6.8    3,206    2,136   -38     49.3    3
 8 21 JUMP STREET      6.6    2,735    2,398   -34    120.3    5
 9 LOCKOUT             6.2    2,308    2,700    --      6.2    1
10 DR. SEUSS’ LORAX    3.1    2,112    1,445   -39    204.5    7
11 RAID: REDEMPTION    1.0      881    1,091    83      2.5    4
12 SALMON FISHING N    0.9      435    2,043   -10      6.1    6

Top 12 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $106.7        $117.0      -8.8


Year-to-date Revenue

     2012          2011
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $2,978        $2,497       +19


Year-to-date Attendance:      +22%

                       Rev.            Avg./   Pct.   Total
Movie                 (mln)  Theaters  Theater Chg.   (mln)  Wks
================================================================
 1 THE HUNGER GAMES   $21.5    3,916   $5,490  -35   $337.1    4
 2 THE THREE STOOGES   17.1    3,477    4,981   --     17.1    1
 3 CABIN IN THE WOODS  14.9    2,811    5,283   --     14.9    1
 4 TITANIC 3D          11.6    2,697    4,310  -33     44.4    2
 5 AMERICA REUNION     10.6    3,203    3,325  -50     39.9    2
 6 MIRROR MIRROR        7.0    3,206    2,183  -37     49.5    3
 7 WRATH OF THE TITANS  6.9    3,102    2,226  -53     71.3    3
 8 21 JUMP STREET       6.8    2,735    2,486  -32    120.6    5
 9 LOCKOUT              6.3    2,308    2,708   --      6.3    1
10 DR. SEUSS THE LORAX  3.0    2,112    1,430  -40    204.5    7
11 RAID THE REDEMPTION  1.0      881    1,139  +91      2.6    4
12 SALMON FISHING       0.9      435    2,094   -8      6.1    6

Top 12 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $107.6        $117.0       -8%


Year-to-date Revenue

     2012          2011
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $2,980        $2,497      +19%


Year-to-date Attendance:      +23%

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael White in Los Angeles at mwhite8@bloomberg.net Allison Bennett in New York at abennett23@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net


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Companies Mentioned

  • LGF
    (Lions Gate Entertainment Corp)
    • $33.0 USD
    • 1.65
    • 5.0%
  • VIAB
    (Viacom Inc)
    • $71.61 USD
    • 0.14
    • 0.2%
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