On its midnight release a few weeks back, ‘The Hunger Games’, the movie based on the novel from Suzanne Collins, broke box office records. Since then, the flick, which is about kids being forced to fight to the death for the amusement of a corrupt government, has been continuing strong at the theaters.
This past weekend, ‘The Hunger Games’ took the #1 highest-grossing box office spot for the third consecutive week, bringing its worldwide total to $460 million! That total includes (so far) a gross of $302.8 million here in the states and another and $157.1 international.
‘The Hunger Games’ held on to that number one spot despite strong attempts from both Paramounts re-release of ‘Titanic’ in 3D and the latest ‘American Pie’ sequel called ‘American Reunion’ from Universal Pictures. For just this past week, ‘The Hunger Games’ brought in $33.5 million domestic while ‘American Reunion’ came in second with $21.5 million. James Cameron’s 15 year old film ‘Titanic’ was recently remastered in IMAX 3D and came in strong with $17.3 million for the weekend and a total of $25.7 million when you take in the full 5 days of its release (its opening on Wednesday). Not too shabby for an older film.
Rounding out the top 5 at the box office was the Greek mythology-based sequel ‘Wrath of the Titans’ ($15 million) and the Snow White comedy ‘Mirror Mirror’ ($11 million).
With ‘The Hunger Games’ going strong, Lionsgate is keen on keeping director Gary Ross around for the inevitable sequel. Recent word was that Ross had dropped out of the sequel but now THR is reporting that Ross is still interested in the project but is worried about the shooting schedule. ‘The Hunger Games’ lead actress Jennifer Lawrence is a hot commodity in Hollywood and is planing on filming both the ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel and ‘X-Men: First Class 2’ this year. Ross is afraid of the time constraints with this arrangement so no final decision has been made about his return as director.