Four movies have reached $250 million (not adjusted for inflation) at the domestic box office in ten days or less. The Hunger Games isn’t one of them.
Although The Hunger Games easily topped the North American box office this weekend, Gary Ross’ futuristic adventure tale grossed $58.55 million — or about $2.5 million less than studio estimates published yesterday. (This is the second weekend in a row that studio estimates for The Hunger Games are considerably inflated.) As a result of its "underperformance," The Hunger Games failed to reach the $250 million milestone. That should happen some time today, however, on the film’s eleventh day out.
For the record, the four movies that have reached the $250 million milestone (once again, ignoring inflation) are The Dark Knight, Deathly Hallows 2, Revenge of the Fallen, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
At the international box office, The Hunger Games is lagging way behind its North American popularity. The film scored an estimated $34.8 million (down 41 percent) this weekend, thus losing the box office crown to Jonathan Liebesman’s Wrath of the Titans. The fantasy adventure starring Avatar’s Sam Worthington pulled in an estimated $78 million — more than twice as much as the $33.45 million it earned domestically. The Hunger Games’ international total is an estimated $113.9 million, or less than half its domestic cume. The film’s worldwide total is $362.38 million.
Director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) co-wrote The Hunger Games’ screenplay with author Suzanne Collins and Breach / State of Play / Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray. The futuristic actioner stars X-Men: First Class / Devil You Know’s Jennifer Lawrence (a Best Actress Oscar nominee for Debra Granik’s low-budget drama Winter’s Bone), The Expendables 2 / AWOL / The Last Song’s Liam Hemsworth, and Red Dawn / Carmel / The Kids Are All Right’s Josh Hutcherson.
The Hunger Games cast also includes Movie 43 / What to Expect When You’re Expecting / People Like Us’ Elizabeth Banks, Seven Psychopaths / Zombieland’s Woody Harrelson, Margin Call / Easy A / The Lovely Bones’ Stanley Tucci, JFK / Eye of the Needle / Max Dugan Returns’ Donald Sutherland, American Beauty / Loveless / The Time Being’s Wes Bentley, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising / Race to Witch Mountain’s Alexander Ludwig, Salvation Boulevard / The Healer’s Isabelle Fuhrman, Sitting Babies / Running Wild’s Jack Quaid, and Snow White and the Huntsman / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / The Girl’s Toby Jones.
Box office information: Box Office Mojo
Jennifer Lawrence / The Hunger Games photo: Murray Close / Lionsgate.