Titanic 3D was off to a solid start on Wednesday, but was unable to top The Hunger Games for first place.

‘The Hunger Games’ Holds Off ‘Titanic 3D’ on Wednesday

on April 05, 2012 by Daniel Garris
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The Hunger Games grossed $4.61 million on Wednesday, which was strong enough for the film to hold off Titanic 3D to remain in first place for the day. The Lionsgate blockbuster has led the daily box office for 13 consecutive days and is now extremely likely to remain ahead of Titanic 3D over the upcoming weekend. The Hunger Games fell 13 percent from Tuesday, which represented a very solid daily hold given the added presence of Titanic 3D in the marketplace. Compared to last Wednesday, The Hunger Games was down 43 percent. The 13-day total for The Hunger Games stands at $262.94 million, placing it 16 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Alice in Wonderland.

Titanic 3D debuted in a close second with $4.38 million. When including sneak preview grosses from Monday and Tuesday, Titanic 3D has grossed $4.70 million to date. Paramount's 3D re-issue of the 1997 blockbuster film had been generating very high levels of pre-release internet buzz in the weeks leading up to its release, but that buzz ultimately didn't transfer into a huge start at the box office on Wednesday. Titanic 3D opened 14.5 percent softer than the $5.13 million opening day of The Last Song, which was launched the Wednesday before Easter back in 2010. The potential for Titanic 3D may have been limited yesterday by its over three hour running time, so it is possible that the film could pick up more than a typical Wednesday release once the weekend hits as a result.  The lifetime unadjusted gross for Titanic currently stands at $605.49 million.

Wrath of the Titans fell 23 percent and one spot from Tuesday to claim third with $2.25 million. The 3D fantasy sequel from Warner Bros. experienced one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases, but did top the $40 million mark in the process. Wrath of the Titans has grossed $41.22 million in six days, which places the film a lackluster 48 percent behind the pace of 2010's Clash of the Titans and 4 percent behind 2008's 10,000 B.C.

Relativity's Mirror Mirror was down 16 percent and one spot to take fourth with $1.66 million. The Tarsem Singh directed family film continues to run slightly below expectations with a six-day start of $23.30 million. Mirror Mirror is currently running 27 percent behind the pace of Meet the Robinsons (which opened the weekend before Easter back in 2007).

Select location counts for the weekend of April 6:

American Reunion -- 3,191
Titanic 3D -- 2,674

The Hunger Games -- 4,137
Mirror Mirror -- 3,618
Wrath of the Titans -- 3,545
21 Jump Street -- 3,009
The Lorax -- 2,994
John Carter -- 1,015

Act of Valor -- 708
Journey 2 -- 651
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen -- 524
A Thousand Words -- 507
Safe House -- 483
The Vow -- 479
Jeff Who Lives at Home -- 447
Project X -- 444
Casa de mi Padre -- 283
The Iron Lady -- 236
The Artist -- 222
Friends with Kids -- 205

The Raid: Redemption -- 176
A Separation -- 141
We the Party -- 59
Bully -- 6
Damsels In Distress -- 4
We Have A Pope -- 3

Tags: Mirror Mirror, Wrath of the Titans, Titanic 3D, The Hunger Games
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