The Hunger Games to place at No. 1 for four consecutive weekend
Moe, Larry & Curly earned $17.1 million in their big-screen revival, not enough to beat powerhouse The Hunger Games but easily coming in ahead of horror pic The Cabin in the Woods.
Lionsgate’s Hunger Games grossed $21.5 million, becoming the first film since James Cameron’s Avatar to place at No. 1 for four consecutive weekends at the domestic box office and putting its total gross at $337.1 million. It has earned $531.1 globally, though its foreign run has been softer (similar to the first Twilight).
Cabin in the Woods, also from Lionsgate, opened third at the domestic box office with $14.9 million.
In a surprise upset overseas, the 3D rerelease of Cameron’s Titanic grossed a massive $88.2 million for the weekend — including a record-breaking $58 million bow in China — beating the $58 million debut of Universal’s high-profile summer tentpole Battleship.
Titantic 3D, from Paramount and Fox, came in No. 4 domestically, grossing $11.6 million and putting its worldwide total at a stellar $190.5 million in less than two weeks.
Battleship — which is rolling out five weeks early overeas — only debuted this weekend in 26 markets, while Titanic is playing in 69.
Both Cabin and the Farrelly Brothers’ The Three Stooge turned in good opening performances in North America, though it’s too early to say whether Stooges will launch a franchise for 20th Century Fox, which spent a modest $35 million to produce the slapstick comedy.