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'Mirror Mirror' 2012: Snow White Spoof Disappoints

April 3 update

The Hunger Games Gale Liam HemsworthThe Hunger Games passed the $250 million milestone at the North American box office on Monday, April 2, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Although Gary Ross' futuristic adventure tale reached that milestone one day after the studio had predicted, that's an impressive feat all the same. After 11 days, The Hunger Games has collected $253 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Ignoring inflation, only six movies have reached $250 million at the domestic box office in 11 days or less. In addition to The Hunger Games, the others are:

Curiously, despite better reviews and a supposedly wider fan base (males and females, older and younger adults/teenagers), The Hunger Games' second-weekend drop-off rate was nearly 62 percent – about the same as that of Catherine Hardwicke / Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart's original Twilight movie in fall 2008.

For comparison's sake, among non-sequels: James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar was down a tiny 2 percent on its second weekend. Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst's original Spider-Man was down 38 percent. Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was down 36 percent. Michael Bay's Transformers was down 47.5 percent. Tim Burton / Mia Wasikowska's Alice in Wonderland was down 46 percent.

When it comes to sequels, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was down 72 percent on its second weekend, while Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was down 61 percent and Transformers: Dark of the Moon dropped 55 percent. Raimi's Spider-Man 2 fell 49 percent, while Spider-Man 3 was down 61.5 percent. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was down 54 percent. And after a record-shattering first weekend, The Dark Knight dropped only 52.5 percent.

As can be attested by the above percentages, both The Hunger Games and Twilight performed more like “sequels” than like “originals.”

Why would it that be? It's hard to say, though what The Hunger Games and Twilight have in common is that both films feature a female protagonist (and two suitors) and both are based on popular fantasy/adventure bestsellers geared to young adults. Perhaps those fans must watch the film version of their favorite book on the first weekend.

Also worth noting is that even though The Hunger Games may have a wider fan base and better reviews, Twilight had (and continues to have) an ardent fan base that quite possibly keeps returning to watch the films over and over again. Else, the original Twilight's drop-off rate might have been steeper.

Director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) co-wrote The Hunger Games' screenplay with The Hunger Games bestselling 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 / Journey 2: The Mysterious Island'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 / The Devil Wears Prada / The Lovely Bones' Stanley Tucci, Murder by Decree / Animal House / Ordinary People's Donald Sutherland, The Greims / American Beauty / Ghost Rider's Wes Bentley, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising / Race to Witch Mountain's Alexander Ludwig, After Earth / Sammy's Adventures 2's Isabelle Fuhrman, Sitting Babies / Running Wild's Jack Quaid, and Snow White and the Huntsman / The Rite / My Week with Marilyn's Toby Jones.

April 2

The Hunger Games Peeta Josh HutchersonAnother consequence of The Hunger Games' lower-than-expected weekend box office performance was that its drop-off rate was slightly higher than originally thought. At close to 62 percent, The Hunger Games drop was about the same as that of Catherine Hardwicke / Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart's original Twilight movie in fall 2008 – even though Ross' film version of Suzanne Collins' novel received much better reviews.

For comparison's sake, among non-sequels: James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar was down a minuscule 2 percent on its second weekend. Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst's original Spider-Man was down 38 percent. Chris Columbus / Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was down 36 percent. Michael Bay / Shia LaBeouf / Megan Fox's Transformers was down 47.5 percent. Tim Burton / Mia Wasikowska's Alice in Wonderland was down 46 percent.

When it comes to sequels, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was down 72 percent on its second weekend, while Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was down 61 percent and Transformers: Dark of the Moon was down 55 percent. Raimi's Spider-Man 2 was down 49 percent, while Spider-Man 3 was down 61.5 percent. Gore Verbinski / Johnny Depp / Orlando Bloom / Keira Knightley's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was down 54 percent. And after a record-shattering first weekend, Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale's The Dark Knight was down only 52.5 percent.

As can be seen, both The Hunger Games and Twilight performed more like “sequels” than like “originals.” Why? It's hard to say, though what The Hunger Games and Twilight have in common is that both films feature a female protagonist (and two suitors) and both are based on popular fantasy/adventure bestsellers geared to young adults.

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 / Journey 2: The Mysterious Island'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 / The People vs. Larry Flynt's Woody Harrelson, Margin Call / The Devil Wears Prada / The Lovely Bones' Stanley Tucci, Murder by Decree / Animal House / Outbreak' Donald Sutherland, The Greims / The Tomb / Ghost Rider'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.

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The Hunger Games Katniss Jennifer LawrenceFour 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.

Jennifer Lawrence / The Hunger Games photo: Murray Close / Lionsgate.

Armie Hammer Prince Charming Mirror Mirror
Armie Hammer as Prince Charming, Mirror Mirror

Behind Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence's The Hunger Games at the North American box office this weekend, Wrath of the Titans actually grossed $33.45 million – about $800,000 less than originally estimated – at 3,545 locations according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Clash of the Titans opened with $61.23 million two years ago.

Overseas, Wrath of the Titans is, as expected, faring much better, having collected an estimated $78 million in 60 territories.

Directed by Battle Los Angeles / the upcoming Ninja Turtles' Jonathan Liebesman, Wrath of the Titans features Avatar / Drift's Sam Worthington, Taken / Kinsey's Liam Neeson, Coriolanus / Skyfall's Ralph Fiennes, A Monkey on My Shoulder / Vantage Point's Édgar Ramírez, War Horse / Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time's Toby Kebbell, Devil You Know / Johnny English Reborn's Rosamund Pike, Love Actually's Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell, Spencer Wilding, and Lily James.

At no. 3 was Mirror Mirror, the sumptuous but poorly received Snow White fairy-tale directed by Immortals / The Cell / The Fall's Tarsem Singh, and starring Julia Roberts (reportedly to be seen next in August: Osage County and The Normal Heart), Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Taylor Lautner's leading lady in Abduction), and Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Leonardo DiCaprio's love interest in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar).

At 3,603 theaters, the Relativity Media release was expected to collect $20-$25 million. Sunday estimates had the film earning $19 million. But it turns out that the $85 million-budgeted comedy-fantasy took in only $18.13 million, averaging a quite modest $5,032 per site.

For comparison's sake: at no. 4 on the chart, Channing Tatum / Jonah Hill's action-comedy 21 Jump Street brought in $14.83 million on its third weekend out, averaging $4,711 per theater.

Now it remains to be seen whether Mirror Mirror will perform like Chris Weitz / Daniel Craig / Nicole Kidman's The Golden Compass (2007) or Michael Apted's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). (Though neither is a comedy, both are fantasy tales that appealed to children and their obliging parents / guardians / what-have-you.) The former debuted with $25.7 million and went on to gross $70.1 million domestically; the latter opened with $25 million, but ultimately proved to have strong legs by taking in $104.3 million. Either way, Mirror Mirror will be very lucky if it reaches $70 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Singh's humorous version of the Snow White tale has little in common with Disney's animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and closet to nothing in common – save the characters' names – with Rupert Sanders' dark Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Prometheus' Charlize Theron, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2's Kristen Stewart, and The Avengers' Chris Hemsworth. Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1.

Rounding out the top twelve movies in North America were Dr Seuss' The Lorax with $7.78 million, Andrew Stanton / Taylor Kitsch's John Carter with $2.02 million (down 60 percent), Ewan McGregor / Emily Blunt's Salmon Fishing in Yemen with $1.27 million (+81 percent after the addition of 359 locations), the flag-waving Act of Valor with $1 million (down 51 percent), and the widely panned Eddie Murphy bomb A Thousand Words with $902k (-54 percent).

Plus Dwayne Johnson / Josh Hutcherson / Vanessa Hudgens' Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with $810k (-40 percent), the wild-party comedy Project X with $807k (-58 percent), and Ryan Reynolds / Denzel Washington's Safe House with 780k (-44 percent).

Though among the top twelve when studio estimates were released yesterday, the anti-abortion Christian drama October Baby was actually no. 13 on the chart. It drew $771k (down a steep down 55 percent).

Armie Hammer / Mirror Mirror photo: Relativity Media.

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Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games topped the North American box office this weekend with $61.1 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That represents a 60 percent drop from last weekend – which, admittedly, had the advantage of Thursday midnight screenings and IMAX surcharges. Even so, that's considerably less than the $75 million Deadline.com's sources had estimated last Friday night.

For comparison's sake (among non-sequels): James Cameron's Avatar was down a minuscule 2 percent on its second weekend. Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire's original Spider-Man was down 38 percent. Chris Columbus / Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was down 36 percent. Michael Bay / Shia LaBeouf / Megan Fox's Transformers was down 47.5 percent. Tim Burton / Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland was down 46 percent. And Catherine Hardwicke / Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart's original Twilight was down 62 percent.

Among sequels, Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale's The Dark Knight was down only 52.5 percent on its second weekend. David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was down 72 percent, while Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was down 61 percent and Transformers: Dark of the Moon was down 55 percent. Raimi's Spider-Man 2 was down 49 percent, while Spider-Man 3 was down 61.5 percent.

Looking at those percentage rates, it's clear that The Hunger Games – much like Twilight – has performed more like a “sequel” than like an “original.”

But in spite of its relatively abrupt slowdown, if studio estimates are correct The Hunger Games has already passed the $250 million mark at the domestic box office. (Box-office actuals will be released on Monday.) The film's cume after 10 days is an estimated $251.03 million.

Ignoring inflation, The Hunger Games is the non-sequel that most rapidly reached the $250 million milestone in North America. Gore Verbinski / Orlando Bloom / Johnny Depp / Keira Knightley's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest also passed $250 million after ten days, while only three movies managed that feat in less time: The Dark Knight (eight days), Deathly Hallows 2 (nine days), and Revenge of the Fallen (also nine days).

Now, if inflation is taken into account – as it should, for then one would have a better idea of actual ticket sales – Spider-Man reached $250 million after only nine days.

At the international box office, The Hunger Games is lagging way behind its North American popularity. The film earned $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 took in an estimated $78 million – more than twice as much as the $34.2 million it earned in the U.S. and Canada. The Hunger Games' international total is $113.9 million, or less than half its domestic cume. The film's worldwide total is $364.93 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 action adventure with sociopolitical overtones 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, Burlesque / Captain America: The First Avenger / Gambit's Stanley Tucci, MASH / Klute / Ordinary People's 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.

Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson / The Hunger Games photo: Murray Close / Lionsgate.

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Armie Hammer as Prince Charming, Lily Collins as Snow White, Mirror Mirror

At no. 2 in the U.S. and Canada, Wrath of the Titans grossed $34.2 million (vs. $78 million internationally in 60 territories) at 3,545 theaters this weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Domestically, Clash of the Titans opened with $61.23 million two years ago. Both movies star Avatar's Sam Worthington.

Directed by Battle Los Angeles / the upcoming Ninja Turtles' Jonathan Liebesman, Wrath of the Titans also features Schindler's List / Kinsey's Liam Neeson, The English Patient / Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's Ralph Fiennes, Carlos' Édgar Ramírez, War Horse / Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time's Toby Kebbell, Devil You Know / Johnny English Reborn's Rosamund Pike, Love Actually's Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell, Spencer Wilding, and Lily James.

At no. 3 was new release Mirror Mirror, the Snow White tale directed by Immortals / The Cell / The Fall's Tarsem Singh, and starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts (reportedly to be seen next in August: Osage County and The Normal Heart), Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Taylor Lautner's leading lady in Abduction), and Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Leonardo DiCaprio's love interest in J. Edgar).

At 3,603 theaters, the Relativity Media release was expected to collect a little over $20 million after scoring an estimated $5.88 million on Friday. It turns out that Mirror Mirror took in only $19 million. The comedy-fantasy reportedly cost $85 million, though earlier reports had the film pegged at $60 million. Relativity claims that after rebates, foreign pre-sales, and all, it has only $30 million invested on Mirror Mirror.

As of last weekend, Mirror Mirror had earned nearly $12 million internationally.

Note that Singh's version of the Snow White fairy tale has little in common with Disney's animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and just about nothing in common with Rupert Sanders' Gothic Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth. Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1. [Watch the Snow White and the Huntsman HD trailer.]

Rounding out the top five in North America this weekend were Channing Tatum / Jonah Hill's action-comedy 21 Jump Street with $15 million (down 27 percent), and the animated feature Dr Seuss' The Lorax with $8 million (down 39 percent).

And rounding out the top twelve were Andrew Stanton / Taylor Kitsch's John Carter with $2 million (down 60 percent), Ewan McGregor / Emily Blunt's Salmon Fishing in Yemen with $1.27 million (+81 percent after the addition of 359 locations), the flag-waving Act of Valor with $1 million (down 51 percent), and the widely panned Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words with $915k (-53 percent).

Plus Dwayne Johnson / Josh Hutcherson / Vanessa Hudgens' Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with $835k (-39 percent), the wild-party comedy Project X with $825k (-57 percent), and the anti-abortion Christian drama October Baby with $779k (-54 percent).

Bear in mind that there should be some switching around when final box office figures are released on Monday.

Armie Hammer / Lily Collins / Mirror Mirror photo: Relativity Media.

Donald Sutherland President Snow The Hunger Games
Donald Sutherland as President Snow, The Hunger Games

That The Hunger Games would easily top the North American box office this weekend was a given. Now, how much exactly Gary Ross' film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel would earn was open to debate. Perhaps that still is.

Last night, Deadline.com reported early estimates of $24 million for Friday and $75 million for the weekend, as The Hunger Games is still playing at 4,137 venues (minus IMAX screens). However, it turns out that the futuristic adventure tale collected a much more modest – though still impressive – $18.85 million on Friday as per studio estimates. That's down 72 percent compared to a week ago, which also included $19.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings. Taking those into account, The Hunger Games actually dropped 61 percent.

Anyhow, instead of the previously announced $75 million for the weekend, The Hunger Games is now expected to earn around $60 million. If so, it'll be down 61 percent compared to last weekend. That's a high drop-off rate – though not unusual for movies with huge opening weekends. Yet, much like the 62 percent drop-off rate for Catherine Hardwicke's original Twilight, that's still a marked drop when compared to the slow-down rates of popular non-sequels.

For comparison's sake: James Cameron's (admittedly, highly unusual) Avatar was down a minuscule 2 percent. Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man was down 38 percent. Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was down 36 percent. Michael Bay's Transformers was down 47.5 percent.

Among sequels, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, seemingly an exception to most “sequel” box office rules, was down only 52.5 percent on its second weekend. David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was down 72 percent, while Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was down 61 percent.

Despite its relatively abrupt slowdown, The Hunger Games has already passed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office. The film's cume after 8 days is an estimated $208.78 million.

Ignoring inflation (or, for that matter, the assistance of 3D/IMAX surcharges), The Hunger Games is one of only six movies to reach $200 million in the U.S. and Canada after only eight days. The other five are:

  • Gore Verbinski / Orlando Bloom / Johnny Depp / Keira Knightley's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006),
  • Chris Weitz / Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner's The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009),
  • Michael Bay / Shia LaBeouf / Josh Duhamel / Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011),
  • Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst's Spider-Man 2 (2004),
  • George Lucas / Ewan McGregor / Natalie Portman / Hayden Christensen's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Three other movies reached that milestone on their fifth day out. Those were:

  • Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger / Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Dark Knight (2008),
  • David Yates / Daniel Radcliffe / Emma Watson / Ralph Fiennes / Rupert Grint's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011),
  • Michael Bay / Shia LaBeouf / Josh Duhamel / Megan Fox's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).

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 action adventure with sociopolitical overtones 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, Burlesque / Captain America: The First Avenger / Gambit's Stanley Tucci, MASH / Klute / Ordinary People's 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.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson / The Hunger Games photo: Murray Close / Lionsgate.

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Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games will easily top the North American box office this weekend. That's no news. Now, how much exactly Gary Ross' film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel will earn is still open to debate.

According to Deadline.com, The Hunger Games is poised to take in $75 million from 4,137 venues by Sunday evening, after grossing an estimated $24 million today. If those figures are correct, The Hunger Games will have dropped 51 percent compared to last weekend's $152 million. That's not bad at all, considering the film's $19.5 million earned from Thursday midnight screenings last week and the fact that it'll have lost numerous IMAX screens this weekend (though the theater count remains the same).

Additionally, that would mean The Hunger Games has passed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office some time earlier today. The film's cume after 8 days would be $214 million. Ignoring inflation (or, for that matter, the assistance of 3D/IMAX surcharges), The Hunger Games is one of six movies to reach $200 million in North America after only eight days. The other five are:

  • Gore Verbinski / Orlando Bloom / Johnny Depp / Keira Knightley's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006),
  • Chris Weitz / Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner's The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009),
  • Michael Bay / Shia LaBeouf / Josh Duhamel / Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011),
  • Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst's Spider-Man 2 (2004),
  • George Lucas / Ewan McGregor / Natalie Portman / Hayden Christensen's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Three other movies have reached that milestone after five days. They are:

  • Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger / Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Dark Knight (2008),
  • David Yates / Daniel Radcliffe / Emma Watson / Ralph Fiennes / Rupert Grint's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011),
  • Michael Bay / Shia LaBeouf / Josh Duhamel / Megan Fox's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).

I should also mention that besides being the no. 1 movie in the United States, The Hunger Games also happens to be the country's no. 1 book and no. 1 album.

Director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) co-wrote The Hunger Games' screenplay with novelist Suzanne Collins and Breach / State of Play / Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray. The futuristic action adventure with sociopolitical overtones 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 / Journey 2: The Mysterious Island's Josh Hutcherson.

The Hunger Games cast also includes Movie 43 / What to Expect When You're Expecting / Zack and Miri Make a Porno's Elizabeth Banks, 2012 / Friends with Benefits / The Messenger's Woody Harrelson, Burlesque / Captain America: The First Avenger / Gambit's Stanley Tucci, MASH / Horrible Bosses / Ordinary People's 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.

Jennifer Lawrence / Stanley Tucci / The Hunger Games photo: Murray Close / Lionsgate.

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Wrath of the Titans' Minotaur (Spencer Wilding)

While Gary Ross' The Hunger Games will undoubtedly top the North American box office this weekend, there's a very good chance that the international box office crown will go to Wrath of the Titans, which is opening in 60 territories, including most major ones (Japan is one exception).

In the U.S. and Canada, Wrath of the Titans is going to land at no. 2 with an expected $35 million or whereabouts for the weekend (several million more than Deadline's sources predicted last night) after collecting on Friday an estimated $12.42 million – including $1 million from Thursday midnight screenings – at 3,545 theaters, among them approximately 4,400 3D and 290 IMAX screens.

Even so, at the domestic box office Wrath of the Titans will fare far worse than Clash of the Titans, which opened with $61.23 million two years ago. The first movie was lambasted for its poor 2D-to-3D conversion; the sequel has been lambasted for just about everything, except its special effects. Both movies star Avatar's Sam Worthington.

International prospects, on the other hand, are good for Wrath of the Titans:

  • a) it's a sequel; brand recognition seems to be remarkably important abroad
  • b) it's filled with mind-numbing action and special effects that have helped movies as diverse as Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Roland Emmerich's 2012 to become major international blockbusters
  • c) Clash of the Titans grossed $330 million internationally – more than twice the film's box office take in North America.

Anyhow, Wrath of the Titans better perform quite well, as it cost Warner Bros. a reported $150 million – about twice the amount Lionsgate spent on The Hunger Games.

Directed by Battle Los Angeles / the upcoming Ninja Turtles' Jonathan Liebesman, in addition to Sam Worthington Wrath of the Titans features Schindler's List / Kinsey's Liam Neeson, The English Patient / Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's Ralph Fiennes, Carlos' Édgar Ramírez, War Horse / Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time's Toby Kebbell, Devil You Know / Johnny English Reborn's Rosamund Pike, Love Actually's Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell, Spencer Wilding, and Lily James.

Sam Worthington / Wrath of the Titans photo: Jay Maidment / Warner Bros.

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Sam Worthington, Wrath of the Titans

As per Deadline.com, there's “zero doubt” that The Hunger Games will top not only the domestic box office, but also the international one. Now, there's really less than zero doubt that the Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence movie will remain at the top in the United States / Canada, but also overseas?

Last weekend, The Hunger Games opened with an acceptable $59.25 million in 67 territories. But if it drops 50 percent this weekend – something quite possible – the futuristic adventure drama would gross only about $30 million. If so, could Wrath of the Titans beat it?

Wrath of the Titans is expected to earn $29 million in North America at 3,545 theaters, among them approximately 4,400 3D and 290 IMAX screens. The adventure fantasy's estimated Friday take is $11.2 million, including a just okay $1 million from Thursday midnight screenings.

Additionally, Wrath of the Titans is opening in 60 territories, including most major ones. If it earns about as much (or more) overseas as it's expected to earn in North America, the Clash of the Titans sequel starring Sam Worthington could easily surpass The Hunger Games. International prospects are good for Wrath of the Titans:

  • a) it's a sequel; brand recognition seems to be remarkably important abroad
  • b) it's filled with mind-numbing action and special effects that have helped movies as diverse as Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Roland Emmerich's 2012 become major international blockbusters
  • c) Clash of the Titans grossed $330 million internationally – more than twice the film's box office take in North America.

We shall see whether Hunger or Wrath will come out on top abroad. Either way, Wrath of the Titans better perform quite well, as it cost Warner Bros. a reported $150 million – about twice the amount Lionsgate spent on The Hunger Games.

Directed by Battle Los Angeles / the upcoming Ninja Turtles' Jonathan Liebesman, Wrath of the Titans features Avatar's Sam Worthington, Kinsey's Liam Neeson, The English Patient's Ralph Fiennes, Carlos' Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston, John Bell, and Lily James.

Sam Worthington / Wrath of the Titans photo: Jay Maidment / Warner Bros.

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Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Mirror Mirror

At no. 3 in North America on Friday (behind The Hunger Games and Wrath of the Titans), was new release Mirror Mirror, the Snow White tale directed by Immortals / The Cell / The Fall's Tarsem Singh, and starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts (reportedly to be seen next in August: Osage County and The Normal Heart), Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Taylor Lautner's leading lady in Abduction), and Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Leonardo DiCaprio's love interest in J. Edgar).

At 3,603 theaters, the Relativity Media release is expected to collect for the weekend $21 million after scoring an estimated $5.88 million on Friday (about $500,000 less than expected). Though slightly less than early estimates published yesterday, $21 million would be an acceptable figure for a $60 million production, depending on its box office stamina and its performance abroad.

Julia Roberts' recent vehicle, the Ryan Murphy-directed romance Eat Pray Love, opened with $23 million in August 2010 and went on to gross $80 million in North America and $124 million internationally. Will Mirror Mirror perform as well? It's possible.

In Russia alone, Mirror Mirror has taken in $7.65 million as of March 25, in addition to $1.43 million in Spain, and scattered change in a handful of smaller territories for a cume of almost $12 million after ten days.

Now, Deadline.com reports the film actually cost $85 million, while Relativity Media claims that after rebates / foreign sales, etc., the studio has only $30 million at stake in the film. Mirror Mirror has a mediocre 38 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics.

Note that Singh's version of the Snow White fairy tale has little in common with Disney's animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and just about nothing at all in common with Rupert Sanders' Gothic Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth. Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1.

According to Box Office Mojo, rounding out the top five in North America on Friday were Channing Tatum / Jonah Hill's action-comedy 21 Jump Street with $4.65 million, and the animated feature Dr Seuss' The Lorax with $2.02 million.

And rounding out the top ten were Andrew Stanton / Taylor Kitsch's John Carter with $530,000, Ewan McGregor / Emily Blunt's Salmon Fishing in Yemen with $340,000, the flag-waving Act of Valor with $292,000, the widely panned wild-party comedy Project X with $255,000, and the anti-abortion Christian drama October Baby with $249,000.

Julia Roberts / Lily Collins / Mirror Mirror photo: Relativity Media.

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Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Mirror Mirror

Also opening this weekend in North America is Mirror Mirror, the Snow White tale directed by Immortals / The Cell's Tarsem Singh and starring Julia Roberts (reportedly to be seen next in August: Osage County and The Normal Heart), Lily Collins (Taylor Lautner's leading lady in Abduction), and The Social Network / J. Edgar's Armie Hammer.

At 3,603 theaters, the Relativity Media release is expected to collect a perfectly acceptable $22 million – it could go as high as $25 million – for the weekend, after scoring an estimated $6.4 million on Friday. The studio is expecting a weekend box office take in the low $20 million range as well.

The fantasy / comedy / adventure's reported budget is $60 million, on a par with Roberts' recent vehicle, the Ryan Murphy-directed romance Eat Pray Love, which opened with $23 million in August 2010 and went on to gross $80 million in North America and $124 million internationally.

Note that Singh's version of the Snow White fairy tale has little in common with the 1937 Disney version Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and just about nothing at all in common with Rupert Sanders' Gothic, dark tale Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth. Snow White and the Huntsman opens June 1.

Rounding out the top five in North America this weekend should be Channing Tatum / Jonah Hill's action-comedy 21 Jump Street with $11 million, and the animated feature Dr Seuss' The Lorax with $8.5 million.

Julia Roberts / Lily Collins / Mirror Mirror photo: Relativity Media.

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  1. bluebird

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