Thanks to an underperforming American Reunion and a less than stellar Titanic 3D, The Hunger Games took 1st place again, making this its 3rd consecutive win. The last film to do something like this was, interesting enough, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 back in November-December last year.
But, mind you, Breaking Dawn Part 1 had $246.9 million after 17 days (or 3 weekends) while The Hunger Games, after taking in another $33.1 million this past weekend, has a total of $302.4 million, quite a hefty difference there. Also that makes The Hunger Games the 6th fastest film to ever reach $300 million in North America, but more on that here.
In 2nd place we have newcomer American Reunion, the 4th theater-released entry in the now rather old American Pie franchise. American Reunion grossed a disappointing $21.5 million on its opening weekend. To put this number in perspective, the original American Pie (1999) took $18.7 million during its first weekend while the subsequent sequels had $45.1 million (American Pie 2, 2001) and $33.3 million (American Wedding, 2003). So after a 9 year hiatus (at least in theaters, since there were a few direct-to-video spin-offs made in that time), this series seems to have lost a lot of steam. A bit unfortunate since this is actually a pretty good comedy (speaking as a long-time fan). American Pie finished with $102.5 million in North America, the first sequel made $145.1 million while American Wedding had $104.5 million. Based on those numbers, American Reunion is headed for $60-70 million at best.
The 3D re-release of Titanic was 3rd with $17.2 million, a number some might find small considering this was after all the highest grossing film of all time for 12 years. Well, actually Titanic 3D started rolling on Wednesday so it has made $25.6 million so far in 5 days. Now Titanic (1997) opened with $28.6 million during its original release and had $40.2 million after 5 days. A good 14 years of inflation and overpriced 3D tickets were not enough for Titanic 3D to at least match those numbers. So a possible return to the top (and by that I mean highest grosser of all time) is, for lack of a better word, impossible. Right now Titanic has a total of $626.4 million while Avatar is at $760.5 million, so basically the James Cameron drama needs another $134.1 million to beat the James Cameron sci-fi. Man, it must be tough being James Cameron.
4th is holdover Wrath of the Titans in its 2nd weekend with $14.7 million and a 56% drop, that percentage being about the only thing Wrath has on par with Clash of the Titans. After 10 days Wrath of the Titans has made $58.6 million while Clash of the Titans was at $110.2 million. This is now the 2nd massive underperforming sequel for Warner Bros. in the last 5 months after Happy Feet 2 failed to even match 1/3 of the original’s total.
Finally, rounding out the top 5 was Mirror Mirror with $11 million. That brings the Snow White story to $36.7 million total after 10 days. Universal will be hoping their version, Snow White and the Huntsman, performs a lot better this summer.