Friday Report: 'Hunger Games' Holds Off 'American Reunion,' 'Titanic 3D'

by Ray Subers
The Hunger Games

April 7, 2012

American Reunion had a fine opening on Friday, though it didn't compare favorably with past entries in the series, and Titanic 3D continued to draw solid crowds following its Wednesday debut. Still, neither of those titles came very close to knocking off The Hunger Games, which had little difficulty hanging on to first place for the third Friday in a row.

The Hunger Games fell a light 31 percent to an estimated $12.9 million on Friday. That's over twice as much as the third Fridays for any of the Twilight movies, and is almost double that of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The movie has now made $282.2 million, and will wind up in first place for the weekend with around $30 million (it will almost certainly pass $300 million on either Sunday on Monday).

American Reunion took second place on Friday with an estimated $9.2 million. That's notably lower than American Pie 2 ($16.5 million) and American Wedding ($12.2 million), and is even a bit off from the first American Pie when adjusting for ticket price inflation. Still, it's on pace to finish the weekend with roughly $22 million, which isn't all that bad for a long-dormant comedy franchise.

After earning $8.4 million from mid-week showings, Titanic 3D added $7.14 million on Friday for a three-day total of $15.5 million. The Friday gross is less than that of the 3D re-releases for The Lion King ($8.9 million) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ($8.6 million), though those movies were both much shorter and hadn't burned off any demand with a Wednesday release. Assuming attendance will take a serious hit on Easter Sunday, Titanic could end up with a five-day opening of around $25 million.

Wrath of the Titans fell 56 percent to an estimated $5.43 million. In comparison, Clash of the Titans lost 68 percent of its audience on its second Friday, though that's not an apples-to-apples comparison given the placement of Good Friday (it fell on Clash's opening day, but Wrath's second Friday). Regardless, Wrath has only earned $49.3 million through eight days, which is nowhere close to Clash's $91.9 million.

Mirror Mirror rounded out the Top Five with an estimated $4.6 million, which is off a tiny 21 percent from last Friday. The Snow White flick has now earned $30.05 million.

21 Jump Street also had a phenomenal hold—the Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum buddy cop comedy dipped 21 percent to an estimated $3.63 million. In the process, it passed $100 million, and it is still tracking ahead of Superbad through the same point.

Thanks to kids being out of school on Friday, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax actually improved 11 percent to an estimated $2.3 million. That brings its total to $195.5 million, and it should hit the $200 million mark by Monday or Tuesday.

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