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‘The Hunger Games’ Is Still No. 1 In North American Box Office For Friday

The Wrap questioned if ‘The Hunger Games’ will be able to top USA box office yesterday. The weekend isn’t over yet but ‘The Hunger Games’ is still Number 1 on Friday.

Deadline reports ‘The Hunger Games’ is still Number 1 for Friday box office sales.

FRIDAY 11 PM, 3RD UPDATE: It took all day and all night, but now there’s clarity in terms of movie order. Fox’s The Three Stoogeswas #1 at matinees. But ‘the combination of 22% of K-12 out today, plus our PG family friendly rating, conspired to slow us down at the box office after the 8PM shows tonight,” a Fox exec says. “But nevertheless we will come in a solid #2 today and for the weekend.” However, the close finishes were also a matter of theater counts – with Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games scoring the most theaters this weekend while the Farrelly Brothers’ Stooges played in 1,105 more runs than Lionsgate’s The Cabin In The Woods directed by Joss Whedon. ButCabin had the much better per screen average. CinemaScores were as follows: Fox’s The Three Stooges ‘B-’ (‘A’ from audiences  under 18, ‘C’ from 25 and older), Lionsgate’s The Cabin In The Woods ‘C’ (‘D+’ from females), FilmDistrict’sLockout ‘B-’. Meanwhile, the weekend looks to be down around -14% from last year. My sources estimate these early Top Ten grosses for Friday and the weekend in North America. Refined numbers and full analysis in the morning:

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 4 [3,916 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $6.5M, Weekend $20.0M, Cume $334.5M

2. The Three Stooges (Fox) NEW [3,477 Theaters] PG
Friday $5.6M, Weekend $17.5M

3. The Cabin In The Woods (Lionsgate) NEW [2,811 Theaters] R
Friday $5.5M, Weekend $13M

4. American Reunion (Universal) Week 2 [3,203 Theaters] R
Friday $3.3M (-64%), Weekend $10M, Cume $39.0M

5. Titanic 3D (Paramount/Fox) Week 2 [2,697 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $3.4M (-54%), Weekend $10.5M, Cume $43.3M

Visit Deadline for the full box office report.

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.

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Will ‘The Hunger Games’ Top USA Box Office For The 4th Week?

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

‘The Hunger Games’ has been topping box office in USA for 3 weekends straight and now The Wrap examines if it will top box office this weekend again for the 4th weekend.

“The Hunger Games” is expected to once again slay the box-office competition this weekend, with the big question whether well-reviewed horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” will elbow “The Three Stooges” out of the No. 2 spot.

Lionsgate’s “Cabin in Woods” appears to have the edge in strong reviews and a devoted fan following for co-writer Joss Whedon. Fox is marketing the Farrelly brothers’ adaptation of “The Three Stooges” to fathers and sons, hoping nostalgia and appreciation for slapstick humor will put both in the seats, but even it is tempering expectations for the movie in a quiet post-holiday weekend.

Open Road’s “Lockout,” the third major release, is not expected to be a major factor.

“It’s definitely going to feel like a slow weekend,” said Phil Contrino, editor of Boxoffice.com, who described it as a lull between a monster March and the summer movie season. “Anytime that a movie that’s four weeks old is expected to win the box office, that’s a slow weekend.”

His site projects that “The Hunger Games” will gross $19.5 million domestically, while Lionsgate puts it in the high teens.

The adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ young adults novel has already grossed more $300 million at the domestic box office, and is closing in on a half billion dollars globally.

The movie has surpassed projections since its juggernaut March 23 release. It is poised for another victory, “no two ways about it,” a rival studio executive said.

Lionsgate picked up “The Cabin in the Woods” from financially-distressed MGM and is opening it in 2,811 locations. The movie, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Richard Jenkins, centers on five friends who go to a cabin in the woods, where requisite fright takes place.

Read the full story over at The Wrap.

Meanwhile, ‘The Hunger Games’ came up third during last weekend, 6 – 8 Apr 2012, according to InCinemas.

Do you think ‘The Hunger Games’ will top box office this weekend in USA again?

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@HungerGamesSG) as well as ‘Like’ us on Facebook for the latest updates!

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