Final Tally: "Hunger Games" Box Office Total Smaller Than Estimated 


Hold on! Before you start unleashing your swords and weapons, hear this -- "The Hunger Games" STILL has the third biggest opening weekend ever!

BUT, its final total, suggesting $155 million, was actually more like $152.5 million. Have no fear, it's still bigger than any of the "Twilight" movies! So there.

Based on the bestselling young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, blame Lionsgate, the film's distributor, for the minor brouhaha.

According to E!, the projection for Sunday's box-office was the culprit. Lionsgate said the film made $36 million that day, but it actually ended up with $34.9 million. Whew, thank Capitol we cleared that one.

(To watch my "Hunger Games" review click here, and to win prizes for the film, click here)

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Be a Part of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" 3D Movie! 


If you're a Katy Perry fan, this is your chance to be a part of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" movie! Paramount's Insurge Pictures and Twitter have announced their partnership to give you unprecedented access so you can help shape Perry's feature film. From songs to wardrobe, get your voice heard! Visit www.Twitter.com/KatyPerry and get involved!

Here's the complete press release from Paramount:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 26th, 2012) – Paramount’s Insurge Pictures and Twitter announced today they have partnered to give Katy Perry’s fans on Twitter an exclusive opportunity to be a part of her upcoming feature film, KATY PERRY: PART OF ME, releasing this summer.

Over the next several months, Twitter and Paramount will jointly offer unprecedented access to one of the world’s most famous pop stars by offering multiple opportunities for Katy’s millions of Twitter fans to play a role in helping to shape the final film. From helping to choose which songs Katy will sing, to weighing in on her always exciting wardrobe options, this first-of-its kind interactive experience will set a new precedent for engaging movie going audiences on Twitter.

Fans can visit www.Twitter.com/KatyPerry to get involved. They can also follow Katy on Twitter to see exclusive behind-the-scenes content of the movie, which will provide fans a first-ever big-screen look at the international superstar’s life both on and off-stage.

"KATY PERRY: PART OF ME is a really fun and engaging movie that celebrates every aspect of Katy’s life including her relationship with fans,” said Amy Powell, President of Insurge Pictures. “What better way to kick start the filmmaking process than by inviting her millions of fans on Twitter into her world.”

“Millions of Katy’s most passionate fans use Twitter every day to hear directly from her and get a unique glimpse into the life of one of music’s biggest stars,” said Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO. “With this new approach to filmmaking, Paramount is taking the connections forged on Twitter one step further by empowering people to take part in the movie.”

Fans can use the hashtag #KP3D to connect with each other and share on Twitter.


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It's Pretty Freaking Cool to Catch Glimpse of Vampire Bella! See New "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2" Teaser!  
I say it's about darn time! Bella (Kristen Stewart) shows off her fangs (well not quite) and vampire prowess (a little bit) in the new teaser trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" that was shown exclusively in front of "The Hunger Games" showings this weekend. From what I hear from fans, the vampire transformation of Bella is the most exciting part of the final chapter. Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner complete the cast. But will "Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2" opened better than "The Hunger Games?" And will it finally make sense? We'll find out on Nov. 16 when the last chapter bites its way to theaters near you. For now, take a look at the teaser which absolutely teased the heck out of me!



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"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Wins Humane Society's Genesis Awards 


"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" triumphed at the 26th Genesis Awards. The fantastic prequel took home the Outstanding Feature Film of the year "for its examination of the ethics of using chimpanzees in medical research."

"Born to Be Wild 3D" won the Feature Documentary prize for celebrating the folks behind the rehabilitation of baby elephants and orangutans orphaned by poaching. (Check out my fun interviews with narrator Morgan Freeman and the rest of the heroes behind "Born to Be Wild" right here)

The 26th Genesis Awards was hosted by "Dancing with the Stars'" Carrie Ann Inaba. Even Uggie, the scene-stealing terrier from the Oscar-winning "The Artist" made an appearance.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 26th Genesis Awards (The event will be shown as a one-hour special on Animal Planet on May 5):

FEATURE FILM
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Twentieth Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
BORN TO BE WILD 3D
Warner Bros. Pictures, Imax Corporation

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
THE COLBERT REPORT
Comedy Central

DRAMATIC SERIES
HAWAII FIVE-0—“Lapa’au”
CBS

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
TEENNICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE —“Dangerous Crossroads: Human Animal vs. Wild Animal”
Nickelodeon

PRE-SCHOOL
SID THE SCIENCE KID — “Save the Stump!”
PBS KIDS

TV NEWSMAGAZINE
20/20
ABC

NATIONAL NEWS
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS

LOCAL NEWS
FEATURE

KTLA NEWS AT 10 (Los Angeles)

LOCAL NEWS
SERIES

WOIO-TV ACTION NEWS (Cleveland)

MORNING NEWS SHOW
TODAY
NBC

TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

TV DOCUMENTARY
GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT
BBC AMERICA

REALITY SERIES
ANIMAL PLANET INVESTIGATES—“Captive Hunting Exposed”
Animal Planet

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE MEDAN CONNECTION —“CARTE BLANCHE M-NET SOUTH AFRICA”

OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD
MAGAZINE
VANITY FAIR— “Agony and Ivory”

SERIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

ONLINE AWARD
THE ATLANTIC.COM

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL
THE INDEPENDENT (UK)

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE AWARD
PRISM—“A Call to Compassion”

THE WYLER AWARD
IAN SOMERHALDER

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD
PRITISH NANDY

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Sorry Bella, Katniss Has More Box-Office Power Than You! "The Hunger Games" Scores Third Biggest Opening Ever! 


We all predicted that "The Hunger Games" would take the box-office crown this past weekend but I didn't think we knew just how much! Well, suffice it to say that Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" was a bonafide box-office bonanza scoring the third-best debut of all time, and the best for any film opening outside of summer! ("The Hunger Games" movie review)

"The Hunger Games," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Collins from the bestselling young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins," sold $155 million worth of box-office tickets, claiming the top spot and broke box-office records including having the biggest opening for a non-sequel.

The film now sits close to the top of the all-time box-office heap with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169.2 million) at No. 1 and "The Dark Knight" ($158.4 million) at No. 2. "The Hunger Games" rightfully claimed the No. 3 all-time spot scoring a huge opening bigger than any of the "Twilight" films including the franchise's biggest opener, "New Moon" ($142.8 million). (Enter our fun "Hunger Games" contest right here)

"Hunger Games" also scored record-breaking Imax numbers ($10.6 million) giving it a best opening for a 2D Imax non-sequel.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "21 Jump Street," fell to No. 2. Starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the big-screen adaptation of the Fox show starring featuring Johnny Depp fell 41 percent with $21.3 million box-office take. So far, the action comedy has a domestic total of $71.1 million. ("21 Jump Street" movie review)

At No. 3 was "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" which continued to shine with $13.1 million. So far, the Universal and Illumination's animated film featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Danny Devito has a domestic total of $177.3 million.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of March 23rd, thereby known as "The Hunger Games" weekend:

1. The Hunger Games, 1/4,137, Lionsgate, $155 million.
2. 21 Jump Street, 2/3,121, Sony/MGM, $21.3 million, $71.1 million.
3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, 4/3,677, Universal/Illumination, $13.1 million, $177.3 million.
4. John Carter, 3/3,212, Disney, $5 million, $62.3 million.
5. Act of Valor, 5/2,216, Relativity/Bandito Brothers, $2.1 million, $65.9 million.
6. Project X, 4/2,068, Warner Bros., $1.95 million, $51.8 million.
7. A Thousand Words, 3/1,787, Paramount/DreamWorks, $1.93 million, $14.9 million.
8. October Baby, 1/390, Samuel Goldwyn Films, $1.7 million.
9. Safe House, 7/1,330, Universal, $1.39 million, $122.6 million.
10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 7/1,340, New Line/Warner Bros., $1.37 million, $97.2 million.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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