The Hunger Games is the highest grossing film of 2012 thus far domestically after just six days of release.

‘The Hunger Games’ #1 on Wednesday with $8.05 Million

on March 29, 2012 by Daniel Garris

The Hunger Games led the way at the daily box office on Wednesday with a first place take of $8.05 million. The blockbuster adaptation from Lionsgate fell 22 percent from Tuesday. In comparison, 2010's Alice in Wonderland fell 15 percent on its first Wednesday to gross $6.77 million (though it was coming off a weaker first Tuesday hold than that of The Hunger Games). The Hunger Games has grossed a massive $181.76 million in just six days, which already makes it the highest grossing release of 2012 so far domestically (it overtook The Lorax for the top spot yesterday). The film is currently running 30 percent stronger than the $139.86 million six-day start of 2010's Alice in Wonderland (which had the added benefit of higher priced 3D admissions). The six-day start for The Hunger Games represents the sixth largest unadjusted six-day start on record.

Sony's 21 Jump Street grossed $1.78 million to continue to claim second place. The action-comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum fell 19 percent from Tuesday and 41 percent from last Wednesday. 21 Jump Street continues to exceed expectations with a 13-day start of $76.13 million. That places the film 17 percent behind the pace of Sony's The Vow at the same point in its run last month and leaves the film $23.87 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax held steady in third with $0.96 million. The computer animated blockbuster from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was down 15 percent from Tuesday and down 30 percent from last Wednesday. The Lorax surpassed the $180 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $180.50 million through 27 days of release.

Select location counts for the weekend of March 30:

Mirror Mirror -- 3,603
Wrath of the Titans -- 3,545
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen -- 483

The Hunger Games -- 4,137
The Lorax -- 3,254
21 Jump Street -- 3,148
John Carter -- 2,397
Act of Valor -- 1,239
A Thousand Words -- 1,007

Journey 2 -- 908
Project X -- 903
This Means War -- 575
The Vow -- 514
Jeff Who Lives at Home -- 513
Casa de mi Padre -- 439
The Artist -- 315
Friends with Kids -- 306
The Iron Lady -- 284
A Separation -- 199

Footnote -- 60
The Raid: Redemption -- 46
The Kid with a Bike -- 37
Intruders -- 33
Bully -- 5

Tags: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games

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