April 9, 2012 by Vinnie Leduc
The Hunger Games scored the first three-peat of 2012 at the domestic box office over Easter weekend, and it also became first movie of the year to cross $300 million and the fastest non-summer/non-holiday movie to do so (seventh fastest overall), doing it in 17 days. Like last week, The Hunger Games nearly matched the combined grosses of the two runners-up, both newcomers.
American Reunion, the fourth and latest slice of American Pie and the first of the theatrical series not to open during the summer, debuted with the lowest gross of the sequels but was still the best R-rated opening over an Easter weekend since Panic Room a decade ago.
Titanic‘s 3D re-release, which actually opened last Wednesday, came in third and is tracking a little bit ahead of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace‘s 3D re-release but not close to The Lion King‘s highly successful one last year.
21 Jump Street continues to hold strongly, but fell out of the top five. It also crossed the $100 million mark early over the weekend. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax will soon cross the $200 million mark to become just the second movie of the year to do so, the other being The Hunger Games of course.
Here were the top five in the domestic box office last weekend via BOM:
- The Hunger Games — Weekend Gross: $33.5 million — Total Gross: $302.8 million (#1 last week)
- American Reunion — Weekend Gross: $21.5 million — Total Gross: $21.5 million (new)
- Titanic 3D — Weekend Gross: $17.35 million — Total Gross: $25.7 million (re-release), $626.5 million (total) (new)
- Wrath of the Titans — Weekend Gross: $15 million — Total Gross: $58.9 million (#2 last week)
- Mirror Mirror — Weekend Gross: $11 million — Total Gross: $36.5 million (#3 last week)