The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods couldn't stop The Three Stooges this weekend.

‘The Hunger Games’ Makes it Four in a Row

on April 16, 2012 by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected heading into the weekend, The Hunger Games topped the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame (making it the first film to do so since Avatar did so back in 2009/2010). The blockbuster adaptation from Lionsgate was down a very solid 36 percent to gross $21.10 million. The Hunger Games has grossed a simply massive $336.67 million in 24 days, placing it 15 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Alice in Wonderland. Internationally, the The Hunger Games grossed $15 million from 60 territories this weekend. That brings the film's international total to $194.0 million and worldwide total to $530.7 million.

Fox's The Three Stooges was the weekend's top opener with a second place start of $17.01 million. The comedy from the The Farrelly Brothers opened towards the higher end of pre-release expectations. The Three Stooges represented the largest opening weekend for The Farrelly Brothers since the $22.52 million debut of Shallow Hal back in 2001. While it didn't play like an ideal family film this weekend, there does appear to be a family component to the film's audience. The film generated an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.03 to 1 and moviegoers under 25 represented a surprisingly high 48 percent of the film's opening weekend audience. The audience breakdown for The Three Stooges skewed towards males (58 percent). The film will hope to hold up well going forward thanks in part to older fans of The Three Stooges who may not have rushed out on opening weekend.

Following closely behind in third place was The Cabin in the Woods. The Joss Whedon written and produced R-rated horror film debuted with $14.74 million, which was in line with expectations. It should be noted that Lionsgate bought the domestic rights for The Cabin in the Woods from MGM for a fraction of the film's production cost. Compared to more typical horror films, The Cabin in the Woods skewed both more towards males (57 percent) and more towards moviegoers over 25 (65 percent). That audience breakdown helped the film hold up well as the weekend went on, as the film registered an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.66 to 1. That was a very solid ratio for the genre, especially given that Friday was Friday the 13th, and could be a good sign for the film going forward.

Titanic 3D held up nicely in its second weekend of release to place in fourth with $11.93 million. The 3D re-issue of the 1997 blockbuster being handled domestically by Paramount fell 31 percent from last weekend. The addition of more IMAX locations, the 100 year anniversary of Titanic, the film's running time of over three hours and strong word of mouth all combined to aid the film in its second weekend of release. The 12-day domestic total for Titanic 3D stands at a respectable $44.72 million and the current lifetime domestic gross for Titanic currently stands at $645.51 million.

Titanic 3D continued to perform far stronger internationally (where it is being handled by Fox), as it grossed $98.9 million from 69 foreign markets. That number was driven largely by the film's exceptional $67.0 million six-day start in China. Titanic 3D has grossed $157.1 million internationally, placing the film's worldwide total at $201.8 million. The lifetime worldwide gross for Titanic topped the $2 billion milestone this weekend.

Universal's American Reunion rounded out this weekend's top five with $10.47 million. The fourth installment of the comedy franchise fell a sizable 51 percent from last weekend. The ten-day take for American Reunion stands at an underwhelming $39.71 million. The film continues to perform stronger internationally, as it grossed $11.8 million from 34 territories this weekend. That places the international total for American Reunion and $40.8 million and the film's worldwide total at $80.5 million.

Fellow Universal release Battleship was off to a strong international start, as it grossed $58.0 million from 26 territories. Key debuts for the big-budget film included $8.0 million in Korea, $6.1 million in the United Kingdom, $5.0 million in Germany, $4.9 million in Japan and $4.2 million in Australia. Battleship will continue its international rollout over the next month and opens domestically on May 18.

Back on the domestic front, Lockout opened with a soft, albeit expected $6.23 million. The sci-fi action film being distributed by Open Road placed in ninth for the weekend and should disappear from theatres quickly.

Additional reporting by Phil Contrino.

Tags: Titanic 3D, The Cabin in the Woods, The Three Stooges, The Hunger Games

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