BOX OFFICE: ‘The Hunger Games’ Gets Beat, But Still Performs Well

Think Like a Man (2012)

Despite the fact that The Hunger Games did not manage to win a remarkable fifth weekend at the Box Office, this weekend was still up 15% over the total from last weekend. That is thanks in large part to two films that finished at the top by a substantial amount. The biggest limited release of the weekend Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton starring Darling Companion, which brought in over $11,000 per screen. Check out the details on the full top ten below:

Box Office Estimates
April 20-22, 2012

1) Think Like a Man (Opening)
WEEKEND: $33 million | TOTAL: $33 million

I know little about this film other than the fact that it comes from Tim Story, director of Barbershop and the Fantastic Four films. Interestingly, Barber Shop is the only film of Story’s that has received a Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it is also one of his least financially successful. Think Like a Man had a meager budget, but still performed well, which means that Story must be appreciated by the studios.

2) The Lucky One (Opening)
WEEKEND: $22.8 million  | TOTAL: $22.8 million

Nicholas Sparks movies seem to always do well, especially when they open at an audience friendly time of year. This film has the second highest opening gross for any Sparks film behind only Dear John from 2010. Its poor reviews may prevent it from having a strong run over the next several weeks.

3) The Hunger Games (5th Weekend)
WEEKEND: $14.5 million | TOTAL: $356.9 million

With this weekend’s take, The Hunger Games becomes the 19th highest grossing movie of all-time, only $1 million behind Jurassic Park. If it manages to get close to $400 million, it could potentially end its run in the top ten. It will at least be sticking around the Box Office for a few more weeks until Summer movie season really kicks into gear.

4) Chimpanzee (Opening)
WEEKEND: $10.2 million | TOTAL: $10.2 million

Disneynature continues their tradition of opening a nature documentary in theatres every year during the weekend of Earth Day. The total grosses had been declining since Disneynature’s first film Earth, but Chimpanzee looks to change that trend by scoring the highest grossing opening weekend of any of their films.

5) The Three Stooges (2nd Weekend)
WEEKEND: $9.2 million | TOTAL: $29.4 million

The Three Stooges adds a few theatres, but drops its earnings significantly in the second weekend. This is actually the film that is in the second most theatres right now behind only The Hunger Games. Once its theatre count declines, it’s going to fall out of the top ten quickly.

6) The Cabin in the Woods (2nd Weekend)
WEEKEND: $7.75 million | TOTAL: $27 million

Word of mouth has not given this film quite the boost that it needed and it once again fails to top The Stooges. It did, however, beat them in per theatre average this weekend and it should not be facing too much competition for its target audience until The Avengers opens.

7) American Reunion (3rd Weekend)
WEEKEND: $5.2 million | TOTAL: $48.3 million

The gang got back together, made a lot of money, and now will be going their separate ways. Let’s hope it remains that way.

8) Titanic 3D (3rd Weekend)
WEEKEND: $5 million | TOTAL: $52.8 million

With a drop of 58.1%, Titanic 3D is this weekend’s biggest loser. Despite that drop, it doesn’t change the fact that a simple 3-D conversion has added another $50+ million to the cumulative gross of what was already the second highest grossing movie of all-time.

9) 21 Jump Street (6th Weekend)
WEEKEND: $4.6 million | TOTAL: $127.1 million

This R-rated comedy actually had the smallest decline between this week and last week. It is also considered the highest grossing “High School Comedy” of all-time by Box Office Mojo. Not bad for a remake of a 1980s television series.

10) Mirror Mirror (4th Weekend)
WEEKEND: $4.1 million | TOTAL: $55.2 million

Here’s a prediction that is not in the least bit daring – Mirror Mirror will be the lesser of the two 2012 Snow White movies when it comes to Box Office total.

Estimates are courtesy of Box Office Mojo. Look for The Pirates! Band of Misfits to take the crown from Think Like a Man next weekend while Five Year Engagement lands at the number two spot.

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