The Hunger Games passes $300 million over Easter
Despite the entrance of two competitive titles to the marketplace over Easter Weekend, box office phenomenon The Hunger Games had little difficulty taking the top spot for the third-straight frame. American Reunion opened in second place, though its debut doesn’t compare favorably to earlier series entries, while Titanic 3D wound up on the low-end among 3D re-releases. The Top 12 earned around $114 million this weekend, which is up 11 percent from the same period last year but off a bit from Easter 2011 (which was later in the month).
The Hunger Games dropped 43 percent to $33.1 million. That’s the seventh-highest second weekend of all-time, and it’s the best since Alice in Wonderland in March 2010. Based on Lionsgate’s projections, the movie will pass $300 million on Easter Sunday, which is only its 17th day in theaters. That’s the seventh-fastest pace ever, and it ranks third behind Avatar and Titanic among non-sequels. Its $302.5 million total is more than the final tally of all of the Twilight movies and all but two of the Harry Potter flicks. Based on its current trajectory, The Hunger Games should end up with at least $350 million.