Katniss Everdeen could survive the Hunger Games, but even she couldn't hold her #1 Box Office spot for five weeks in a row.
According to the Star Tribune, the current #1 most grossing film last weekend was Think Like A Man, which "was produced for about $13 million and took in nearly that much on opening Friday alone...Sony executives had figured the movie might pull in about $17 million for the whole weekend."
Instead Think Like A Man pulled in a very handsome $33 million over the whole weekend, almost double the original estimate.
The Lucky One (#2 on the list) also "came in a bit above studio expectations going into the weekend" (Star Trib.), but I don't know how much more.
Here are the estimated ticket sales for April 20th through April 22nd at U.S. and Canadian movie theaters:
1. Think Like A Man - $33 million
2. The Lucky One - $22.8 million ($3.8 million international)
3. The Hunger Games - $14.5 million ($13 million international, $573 million total grossing worldwide)
4. Chimpanzee - $10.2 million
5. The Three Stooges - $9.2 million
6. The Cabin in the Woods - $7.8 million ($3.3 million international)
7. American Reunion - $5.2 million
8. Titanic 3D - $5 million ($3.1 million international, $2.1 billion lifetime gross)
9. 21 Jump Street - $4.6 million
10. Mirror Mirror - $4.1 million
I also came across this interesting little fact in the Sunday Star Trib.: While The Hunger Games made the third most money in opening weekend history (behind The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) with $152 million, the Hollywood Reporter is saying that The Avengers will probably take in even more on its opening weekend.
I guess we'll have to wait and see if even The Avengers can pull off something that big and if The Hunger Games can hang in there....or if it's starting its decline. :)
So what do you think? Will The Avengers top The Hunger Games' opening weekend numbers? And how much longer do you think The Hunger Games will be on the top-ten list?
- Edessa, signing off