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Book vs Book vs Book – Hunger Games Eviscerated, by Steve Harvey and Nichol

By John Hamann

April 22, 2012

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Disneynature's latest title to try and cash in on Earth Day is Chimpanzee. The studio seems to be gaining a following for these films. Chimpanzee opened to $3.5 million on Friday, and turned that opening day into a weekend gross of $10.2 million from only 1,563 venues. It had an average of $6,529. Like African Cats ($6 million opening, $15 million finish), Oceans ($6.1 million opening, $19.4 million finish) and Earth ($8.8 million opening, $32 million finish), Chimpanzee caters to the Earth Day crowd, and is critically accepted (77% fresh at RottenTomatoes). Thankfully, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Jane Goodall institute.

Fifth goes to The Three Stooges, which takes a poke in the eye. After fooling people into $17 million in ticket sales last weekend, the Fox comedy got left behind this weekend, earning only $9.2 million and dropping 46%. The Farrelly Brothers comedy has now earned $29.4 million, as they look forward to washing this one off, and moving forward with Dumb and Dumber 2.

Cabin in the Woods is sixth, earning $7.8 million and dropping 47% compared to its $14.7 million opening last weekend. Despite the 92% fresh rating, the Cinemascore for Cabin came in at a C, which is likely affecting word-of-mouth. Still, Cabin, which cost Lionsgate $12 million (or about 3.5% of The Hunger Games current gross), has now earned $27 million, so despite sitting on the shelf for years, it will still eke out a profit.

American Reunion is seventh, and is dying on the vine, as this franchise never should have been resurrected. In its third weekend, Reunion earned $5.2 million and dropped 50%. The $50 million dollar film has now brought in $48.3 million for Universal.


Titanic 3D plummets to eighth, as with the anniversary of the sinking now in the past, people no longer care. The re-release earned another $5 million, but when compared to last weekend's $12 million gross, the drop equals 58%. Since returning to screens in 3D, Titanic has now earned $52.8 million.

21 Jump Street spends what could be its last weekend in the top ten. The leggy Sony release earned another $4.6 million and dropped 30% compared to last weekend. The comedy with the $42 million budget has now earned $127.1 million.

Finally in tenth is Mirror Mirror, the Julia Roberts fairy tale miss from Relativity Media. The film earned $3.8 million, off 40% from last week. Its grand total sits at $55.2 million, still well short of its $85 million budget.

Overall, this weekend is a surprising winner compared to last year, winning by just a hair. Thanks to strong debuts of Think Like A Man and The Lucky One, the top 12 films brought in $123.3 million, a couple million ahead of the $121.2 million that last year's top ten earned. Next weekend is the frame prior to The Avengers, and brings The Five-Year Engagement (aka future counter-programming), The Raven with John Cusack, Safe with Jason Statham, and Pirates! A Band of Misfits, from those wonderful oddballs at Aardman Animation.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/20/12-4/22/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Think Like a Man SONY $33,000,000 New $33,000,000
2 The Lucky One Warner Bros. $22,805,000 New $22,805,000
3 The Hunger Games Lionsgate $14,500,000 - 31% $356,900,460
4 Chimpanzee WALT DISNEY $10,205,000 New $10,205,000
5 The Three Stooges Twentieth Century Fox $9,200,000 - 46% $29,355,446
6 The Cabin in the Woods MGM $7,750,000 - 47% $26,980,172
7 American Reunion Universal $5,231,925 - 50% $48,275,685
8 Titanic 3d Paramount $5,000,000 - 58% $52,828,017
9 21 Jump Street Columbia Pictures (Sony) $4,600,000 - 30% $127,066,000
10 Mirror Mirror Relativity Media $4,114,000 - 40% $55,205,753
11 Wrath of the Titans Warner Bros. Pictures $3,825,000 - 45% $77,136,000
12 Lockout FilmDistrict $3,094,000 - 50% $11,003,032
  Also Opening/Notables
  Marley Magnolia $275,000 New $275,000
  To the Arctic WARNER BROS. $250,000 New $250,000
  Darling Companion Sony Classics $46,296 New $46,296
  My Way Cj Entertainment $16,195 New $16,195
  Jesus Henry Christ Entertainment One $9,298 New $9,298
  Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day Codeblack $170,000 - 74% $950,000
  Touchback Anchor Bay $64,000 - 4% $149,100
  Bully The Weinstein Company $505,000 - 6% $1,529,611
  The Raid: Redemption Sony Classics $480,866 - 50% $3,501,777
  Salmon Fishing In the Yemen Cbs Films $670,000 - 25% $7,058,749
  Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Universal Pictures $1,701,725 - 44% $206,954,990
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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