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Weekend Box Office (3/23 - 3/25): Lionsgate, May the Money Ever Be In Your Favor

Originally Posted by Deadline Hollywood
FRIDAY 4:10 PM, 4TH UPDATE… EXCLUSIVE: My movie studio sources are telling me that the Friday gargantuan opening box office for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games is ranging from a low of $60M to a high of $75M today from 4,137 North American theaters. That number includes the record-setting $19.75M midnight grosses. For the 3-day weekend overall domestic blockbuster number, my insiders are predicting a low of $135M to a high near $150M. This is a huge bonanza for the studio and not much less than its motion picture revenue for recent quarters. Meanwhile Lionsgate sources are telling me that the hotly anticipated pic did a matinee per-screen average of $7,800. Now that number is rising past $9,900 at this hour. That’s better than The Dark Knight ($9,806) but not Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two ($11,300) and Twilight Saga’s Breaking Down Part One ($9,310) and New Moon ($12,600).
To refresh everyone's memory, here's the biggest opening weekends we've encountered so far:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2: $169 million opening weekend. (2011; 45% total gross.)
2. The Dark Knight: $158 million opening weekend. (2008; 30% total gross.)
3. Spider-man 3: $151 million opening weekend. (2007; 45% total gross.)
4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: $143 million opening weekend. (2009; 49% total gross.)
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1: $139 million opening weekend. (2011; 50% total gross)
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: $136 million opening weekend. (2006; 32% total gross.)
7. Iron Man 2: $128 million opening weekend. (2010; 41% total gross.)

... and the biggest single days:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2: $91 million. (2011)
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: $72 million. (2009)
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1: $72 million. (2011)
4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: $69 million. (2010)
5. The Dark Knight: $67 million. (2008)
6. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: $62 million. (2009)
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1: $62 million. (2010)
8. Spider-man 3: $60 million. (2007)
9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $59 million. (2009)
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: $56 million. (2006)

The Hunger Games will end up somewhere sandwiched on that list and will give Lionsgate (unofficially) three of the biggest opening weekends of all time and four of the biggest single days of all time. It's good to see their purchase of Summit Entertainment finally pay off.

There's no news on the other films currently playing in theaters. However, I heard Taylor Kitsch is mopping a floor somewhere at Disney before he has to clean up Universal.

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Re: Weekend Box Office (3/23 - 3/25): Lionsgate, May the Money Ever Be In Your Favor

Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel

There's no news on the other films currently playing in theaters. However, I heard Taylor Kitsch is mopping a floor somewhere at Disney before he has to clean up Universal.

Dude, that's cruel. FWIW, I saw him outside the theater at Universal Citywalk in Orlando, and he seemed somewhat happy with his new career.

Does this mean Hunger Games will have the largest opening weekend for something that isn't a sequel?
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Re: Weekend Box Office (3/23 - 3/25): Lionsgate, May the Money Ever Be In Your Favor

Originally Posted by Dr. DVD
Does this mean Hunger Games will have the largest opening weekend for something that isn't a sequel?
Yes.

However, it's still an adaptation meaning that an original idea has not done gangbusters on its opening day or weekend.

Unless your James Cameron, then you reap the benefits long term.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (3/23 - 3/25): Lionsgate, May the Money Ever Be In Your Favor

I knew this would open big, but these are huge numbers. Hell, I even have interest in seeing it after hearing the good WOM, and the fact that my mom wants to check it out.

Taylor Kitsch has the Spring and Summer bombs wrapped up. Has he got anything on tap for Fall to complete the hat trick? Poor guy.
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Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
I knew this would open big, but these are huge numbers. Hell, I even have interest in seeing it after hearing the good WOM, and the fact that my mom wants to check it out.

Taylor Kitsch has the Spring and Summer bombs wrapped up. Has he got anything on tap for Fall to complete the hat trick? Poor guy.
If they bump Oliver Stone's Savages to Fall, he very well might.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (3/23 - 3/25): Lionsgate, May the Money Ever Be In Your Favor

From Deadline:

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) NEW [4,137 Theaters] PG13-rated
Est Friday $68.2M, Est Weekend $140.0M


2. 21 Jump Street (Sony) Week 2 [3,121 Theaters] R-rated
Est Friday $6.4M, Est Weekend $20.0M (-52%), Est Cume $70.0M

3. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal) Week 4 [3,677 Theaters] PG-rated
Est Friday $3.2M, Est Weekend $13.0M, Est Cume $175.0M

4. John Carter (Disney) Week 3 [3,212 Theaters) PG13-rated
Est Friday $1.5M, Est Weekend $5.5M, Est Cume $63.0M

5. Project X (Warner Bros) Week 4 [2,065 Theaters] R-rated
Est Friday $700K, Est Weekend $1.8M, Est Cume $51.6M

6. October Baby (IDP/SGF) NEW [398 Theaters] PG13-rated
Est Friday $600K, Est Weekend $1.8M


7. Act Of Valor (Relativity) Week 5 [2,219 Theaters] R-rated
Est Friday $550K, Est Weekend $1.9M, Est Cume $65.8M

8. A Thousand Words (DWorks/Par) Week 3 [1,787 Theaters] PG13-rated
Est Friday $500K, Est Weekend $1.7M, Est Cume $14.8M

9. Safe House (Universal) Week 7 [1,330 Theaters] R-rated
Est Friday $475K, Est Weekend $1.5M, Est Cume $122.8M

10. Journey 2 (Warner Bros) Week 7 [1,340 Theaters] PG-rated
Est Friday $400K, Est Weekend $1.3M, Est Cume $97.0M
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Re: Weekend Box Office (3/23 - 3/25): Lionsgate, May the Money Ever Be In Your Favor

Safe House $122 million? Damn, didn't realize it was doing that well.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (3/23 - 3/25): Lionsgate, May the Money Ever Be In Your Favor

wtf is October Baby?
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Originally Posted by Solid Snake PAC
wtf is October Baby?
An anti-abortion drama from those nutballs who gave us Fireproof and Courageous.
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I never see big movies the weekend they come out, I learned this the hard way when all we wanted to do is see Spider-Man 2. I always wait two or three weeks, but I plan on seeing Hunger Games.
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
An anti-abortion drama from those nutballs who gave us Fireproof and Courageous.
Gotta love the progressive mindset...
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Originally Posted by Artman
Gotta love the progressive mindset...
Okay, let me fix that.

Ahem.

An anti-abortion drama from those crazy Christian cocksuckers with not a single ounce of talent who gave us Fireproof and Courageous.

Is that better? Am I doing it right?

If anything, that entire studio should be burned to the ground for allowing Kirk Cameron to still have some relevancy in today's society.
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I'm agreeing w/ MC here. I'd rather watch a bad Bay film over the best of those films.
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Originally Posted by Solid Snake PAC
I'm agreeing w/ MC here. I'd rather watch a bad Bay film over the best of those films.
It's crazy, but I agree.
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7. Act Of Valor (Relativity) Week 5 [2,219 Theaters] R-rated
Est Friday $550K, Est Weekend $1.9M, Est Cume $65.8M
Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
A $45 million gamble that will be lucky to gross $4.5 million domestically? God bless Hollywood.
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This Hunger Games stuff has taken me by surprise. I had never heard of the books or anything until earlier this week. Never saw a trailer, or commercial, or anything. Now it's taking in $140 Mill this weekend. That's insane.

Does the source material appeal mainly to younger kids?
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Does the source material appeal mainly to younger kids?
About a third of my 9th graders have either read the series or are currently reading it and nearly all of them have expressed interest in the films. (Quite a few even braved four-hour lines and attended the midnight screenings a couple of evenings ago.) But my 32-year old gf loves it too. Definitely one of those rare books that appeals to all ages and both genders. As I mentioned in the HG thread, the last time I've seen this kind of massive interest in a book was when when Harry Potter debuted.
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About a third of my 9th graders have either read the series or are currently reading it and nearly all of them have expressed interest in the films. (Quite a few even braved four-hour lines and attended the midnight screenings a couple of evenings ago.) But my 32-year old gf loves it too. Definitely one of those rare books that appeals to all ages and both genders. As I mentioned in the HG thread, the last time I've seen this kind of massive interest in a book was when when Harry Potter debuted.
Finally moved up the age bracket, eh?
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Originally Posted by TimeandTide
I posted something similar on opening weekend for that movie, but thanks for doing it again.
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
Okay, let me fix that.

Ahem.

An anti-abortion drama from those crazy Christian cocksuckers with not a single ounce of talent who gave us Fireproof and Courageous.

Is that better? Am I doing it right?

If anything, that entire studio should be burned to the ground for allowing Kirk Cameron to still have some relevancy in today's society.

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Originally Posted by Solid Snake PAC
I'm agreeing w/ MC here. I'd rather watch a bad Bay film over the best of those films.
I'd rather just stand next to a doctor and watch an actual abortion take place than ever sit through Fireproof, Courageous, October Baby, Left Behind, so on and so on and so on.

And thanks for everyone bringing up Act of Valor again for the third time during a weekend box office thread.

However, I'd like to point out, that the film is flopping overseas. So there.
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
However, I'd like to point out, that the film is flopping overseas. So there.
Good to know.
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
However, I'd like to point out, that the film is flopping overseas. So there.
It's been released in Iceland, Lebanon, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and United Arab Emirates. Not exactly worldwide coverage there.


http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/...actofvalor.htm
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Finally moved up the age bracket, eh?

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