For the fourth straight week, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” took the top spot at the domestic box office, adding an extra $21.5 million to its coffers and giving it $337 million so far in four weeks of release. Worldwide, the film has earned $531 million.
In order to keep its #1 spot, the Gary Ross-directed film (based on the novel by Suzanne Collins) had to withstand two new studio assaults from the slapstick comedy “The Three Stooges” and the Joss Whedon-written/produced “The Cabin in the Woods”, which came in second and third place in their debuts, respectively.
“The Three Stooges”, from the Brothers Farrelly, took second place with $17.1 million, beating “The Cabin in the Woods’” $14.8 million, thanks to the fact that the eye-gouging comedy opened in 600 more theaters than the genre-bending horror offering. The Luc Besson-produced sci-fi actioner “Lockout”, meanwhile, opened with a whimper in ninth place with $6.25 million. On the plus side, the film only cost Besson and company $20 million, so maybe getting a sequel isn’t completely out of the question. (Yes, that is me trying to be ridiculously positive in the face of crushing bad news.)
As for “The Hunger Games”, I think Lionsgate expected that they had a hit on their hands, but I have to admit, four weeks in a row? That’s pretty impressive, especially for a film that depends almost entirely on you having read the books to really appreciate. I think this also means that Lionsgate will have their pick of who they want to direct the sequel “Catching Fire”, with original director Gary Ross having inexplicably left the franchise.
Via : Box Office Mojo