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The Hunger Games towers over Wrath of the Titans

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, April 1, 2012

So, The Hunger Games is the big champ this weekend. With a second weekend gross of $61 million dollars, the movie has pulled in $251 million dollars in ten days. The Hunger Games is now the highest-grossing picture of 2012 so far and the 65th highest of all-time. It's surely going to crack the $300 million dollar barrier by this time next week and could conceivably stand to reach $350 million or even $400 mil.

What The Hunger Games is proving is that when a movie studio gets the rights to a popular young adult novel with the right ingredients for making a movie franchise (romance, big concept ideas, action), the chances are better than average that the film will become a mega-success. Harry Potter, Twilight, and now The Hunger Games all prove that and will ensure that we'll see more of these kind of adaptations.

And how did poor little Wrath of the Titans perform in its opening weekend? The answer is $34.2 million which isn't bad but certainly not great either. The 2010 Clash of the Titans remake had an opening weekend of $61 million and went on to a domestic gross of $161 million. With a $34 million opening Wrath is on target for a final domestic pull of $95 million - $100 million. Oversea results aren't known yet and could help Wrath of the Titans improve its chances for a three-quel.

And then there's Mirror Mirror, the first of two big movies concerning Snow White out this year. The Tarsem Singh-directed Mirror Mirror had a $19 million dollar opening weekend which is OK for its mid-$80 million dollar budget (but still, nothing to get excited about.)

21 Jump Street descends to #4 this weekend ($15 million dollars in new ticket sales, $93.1 million total.)

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is at #5 ($8m new, $189.6m total.)

John Carter is at #6 ($2m new, $66.2m total.)

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a drama starring Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor, gained a few hundred new venues and shot up into the top ten. The picture grossed $1.2m and brought its total up to $3.1m.

Act of Valor is proving to turn into a very profitable movies for its owners. The action picture that stars real-life Navy SEALs has now made $67 million dollars on a budget of $12 million. That's a good return just from theatrical release and there's still POV/home video/TV to go.

Eddie Murphy's A Thousand Words is slipping fast out of our view. This week it's at #9 but could only add $915k to its total gross of $16.5m.

And in tenth place is Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. It's in the eighth week of release and grossed $835k this weekend against the heavy high concept competition, but it's total domestic gross is $98.5m, which is in the black.

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