Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror were no match for the box office juggernaut that is The Hunger Games, so it continued to lead for a second consecutive weekend. While the latter fell a bit more then I was anticipating, it still made more than any Twilight film to date in the same amount of time.
Actually The Hunger Games, 3rd highest opener of all time in North America, is now the 5th fastest 10-day grosser ever thanks to a 2nd weekend of $58.5 million. That brings the film to a total of $248.4 million, as mentioned before, in just 10 days. The closest non-sequel to this is a distant Spider-Men with $223 million in 10 days. Also, The Hunger Games already more than tripled its $78 million reported budget and could end up 5 times higher by the end. Another thing you should know is that this is now the highest grossing film of 2012, besting The Lorax, the animation that’s 5th this weekend. At the end of the day Lionsgate have got themselves one hell of a moneymaker with The Hunger Games and I’m personally bummed that I didn’t buy shares in the company a year ago. Soon enough the big 5 (Universal, Disney, Sony, Warner Bros, Fox) will become the big 6.
Next up was Wrath of the Titans with a $33.4 million debut, almost half the $63.8 million made by Clash of the Titans back in 2010. This must surely be quite a disappointment for Warner Bros., Wrath of the Titans cost them more money to make ($150 million versus $125 million) and could end up at half the total of Clash of the Titans ($163.2 million). Fortunately for this film, international audiences have come to the rescue yet again so when all is said and done Wrath of the Titans should double its budget worldwide.
Another disappointment, but somewhat expected, was Mirror Mirror, opening at just $18.1 million. Now this being a family movie, it might have above average legs at the box office but even so, I doubt it can match that $85 million budget that went into making this. Seriously, what the hell was so expensive in Mirror Mirror? It certainly doesn’t look the part of an $85 million film, at least from what I’ve seen.
21 Jump Street was 4th with the smallest drop in the top 10, down 27.6% for $14.8 million and a total of $92.8 million in 17 days. Now we wait for a sequel, hopefully sooner rather than later.
In 5th place Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax gathered $7.7 million, bringing the film to a nice total of $189.3 million. This is still on track to pass the $200 million mark sometime this month.