"American Reunion," "Titanic 3D" No Match for "The Hunger Games" 


"The Hunger Games" continued to dominate the box-office leading the pack for its third-straight weekend. Studio estimates put the Lionsgate action-thriller-romantic drama extravaganza on the top spot with $33.5 million. So far, the film based on the popular Suzanne Collins novel has scored $302.8 million at the box-office, the first 2012 release to crossover the $300 million mark. ("The Hunger Games" movie review)

But the big question still looms large for Lionsgate -- will original director Gary Ross return for the sequel "Hunger Games: Catching Fire?" Apparently, Ross wants more money! I say give it to him! He deserves every penny much as the main cast which will be back for the sequel -- Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta). But if Ross does not return, you know who will be cool to direct the sequel? I vote for Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow. She can bring her "Hurt Locker" sensibilities to the sequel, don't you think?

Speaking of sequels, "American Reunion," the fourth film in the grossed-out comedy franchise, took in $21.5 million, the lowest box-office take for a film in the "American Pie" series.

Meanwhile, "Titanic" in 3D unearthed $17.4 million over the weekend, and since its release last Wednesday, has scored $25.7 million. Don't feel bad for "Titanic," its total domestic gross now stands at $626.5 million, only second to another James Cameron saga, "Avatar." (Check out my Top 10 Disaster Movies of all time)

But if you're playing "The Hunger Games" vs. "Twilight," the vampire-werewolf-and-soon-to-be-vampire-romance could not match the power of Katniss and company. "The Hunger Games" has sold more tickets than "Twilight." Yay? And if you factor in the international total of $157.1 million for "The Hunger Games," its worldwide take is now at $460 million.

In other box-office news, more people watched the indie hit "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" than "John Carter." Gasp...

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for Easter weekend of April 6th:

1. "The Hunger Games," $33.5 million ($25.5 million international).
2. "American Reunion," $21.5 million ($19.3 million international).
3. "Titanic" in 3-D, $17.4 million ($35.5 million international).
4. "Wrath of the Titans," $15 million ($43 million international).
5. "Mirror Mirror," $11 million ($11.5 million international).

6. "21 Jump Street," $10.2 million ($2.9 million international).
7. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," $5 million ($11.8 million international).
8. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," $975,000.
9. "John Carter," $820,000 ($2.6 million international).
10. "Safe House," $581,000.

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