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'Hunger Games' still champ; 'Titanic' over $2 billion worldwide

By Tim O'Brien
Posted Apr 15, 2012 in Entertainment
There weren't enough eye pokes or hits to the head with a hammer for "The Three Stooges" to knock off "The Hunger Games."
So, with that victory, "Games' has now held the top spot at the box office for four weeks. The estimated take for the weekend was $21.5 million (these numbers will most likely change a bit when actuals are released Monday afternoon. "The Three Stooges" did manage to knuckle in at No. 2 with $17.1 million and "Cabin in the Woods" was third with $14.8 million. "The Three Stooges" box office is, to be honest, not a good number. Many feel it may just have been the idea of putting them into the modern day world. Others may opt for the idea of bringing back icons of the past, or even TV shows, and putting them on the big screen, is a tough sell.
But, perhaps more important, was the continued effect of "Titanic" on the box office and history. With this past weekend being the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking, the event played out in many forms across the world.With its $11.6 million take over the weekend it continues to add to its already lofty numbers. Plus, this new release does have a budget listed, too. That number is $18 million. The theater count for "Titanic" is still not on par with " The Hunger Games," but yet is solid at No. 4. And "The Hunger Games" is no longer in more than 4,000 theaters domestically. When a film opens as it did with well over that many theaters (and more screens) it means theater owners and the studios expect big things. They are getting that as the total North American take is $337 million.
It still has a way to go to catch "Titanic," but this impressive showing will land it in rarefied air when the run comes to an end. Two other films this year are expected to join the buzz and that air. They are "The Dark Knight Rises" and the next installment of "Twilight." As it continues to soar, "The Hunger Games" is the first movie to win four weeks in a row since "Avatar."
"Titanic" is now at $645,207,188 (domestically) and now over $2 billion worldwide. Only two films have reached that number. The other is, of course, "Avatar." When adjusted for inflation, "Gone With the Wind" has hauled in $1.58 billion. On that list, "Titanic" is No. 5 and "Avatar" is at No. 14. That could make one want to ask many questions, but explaining it just may cause more headaches than one wants. Full list can be seen at Box office Mojo.

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