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It’s no surprise that The Avengers, which opened in theaters this weekend, has broken records. With ample promotion, great reviews, and positive word of mouth, the superheros were able to accomplish some record breaking feats this weekend.

So far the film has brought in an estimated $80.5 million (which includes $18.7 million from midnight shows on Friday) and $69.7 million on Saturday. The estimates for today (Sunday) are $50.1 million which means the film will slay the $169.2 million opening-weekend record that ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘ previously held. This makes The Avengers the fastest film to hit $200 million domestically, and the $69.7 million Saturday gross is the highest of all time. Nicely done, Marvel!

Have you seen The Avengers yet? I still have to see it, but from what I’ve heard and of course Tommy‘s rave review, it’s a must see. Check out how the other films did this weekend in the Top 10 list below.

Check out the Top 10 movies after the jump…

The Hunger Games Threepeats As Box Office Champ

In: Donovan, Movies

It was the 90s versus the future at the theaters this weekend and the latter reigned supreme. “The Hunger Games” won the box office crown for the third straight weekend with $33.5 million, bringing its cumulative total to $302,839,000. The sci-fi thriller reached the $300 million benchmark in just 17 days, making it the sixth fastest movie to reach that milestone. Since the Jennifer Lawrence flick often gets compared to “Twilight”, the only installment of the vampire series to cross $300 million was “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and that took 81 days.

Two films from the 90s entered the market trying to dethrone the champion, but the odds weren’t in their favor. Coming in at the runner-up slot was “American Reunion” with $21.5 million. The fourth installment of the “American Pie” franchise clocked in the smallest opening weekend if you factor in inflation from 1999 when the original first hit theaters.

Titanic“, the second all-time top grossing film, sailed away on another voyage to add to its already impressive total. It added $17.4 more million dollars. Out of all the recent 3D reissues, it came in at the lowest. “The Lion King 3D” and “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D” both raked in $30.2 million and $22.5 million respectively. The classic love story cost about $18 million to convert to the 3D format.

Rounding out the Top 5 were ” Wrath of the Titans” which cashed in $15 million representing a 55% decrease and “Mirror Mirror” which slid only 39% to haul in another $11 million. The Julia Roberts fantasy film cost about $85 million to produce so it has a lot more box office apples to sell before it recoups its cost. See what other films occupied the Top 10 this weekend below.

see the rest of the Top 10 after the jump

As was expected being the only new film opening this weekend for wide release, ‘21 Jump Street‘ leads this weekends box office estimates with $35 million. The comedy remake, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill has received good reviews and this strong start will certainly help when it has The Hunger Games to compete with next weekend.

This is the second successful film opening in the past two months for the sexy Tatum who also starred in ‘The Vow‘. Just wait until ‘Magic Mike‘ hits theaters, with Tatum and a handful of hotties starring in a film about male strippers. I can imagine that film will also do well for obvious reasons.

Find out which film has crossed the $150 million threshold and how the rest of the films did in the top ten list below. Did you hit the theaters this weekend or were you to busy drinking green beer? Oh, and I’ve also included a clip of Tatum on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he shows a picture of Channing Tatum mooning Jonah Hill (while he’s sleeping). If you want to catch a glimpse of the side of Channing Tatum’s butt, that’s below as well.

Top 10 films at the box office after the jump…

Looks like Dr. Seuss has still got it! ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax‘ opened in theatres this weekend with an estimated $70.7 million! According to Universal, with this strong opening, the film will definitely be breaking some records this week. It will be the highest non-sequel Animated/Family film opening, topping The Incredibles which opened at $70.5 million. In addition, here are some of the other notable accomplishments expected by Universal:

  • Highest non-Sequel Animated/Family film opening (topping The Incredibles – $70.5 million)
  • Biggest opening weekend of 2012 (topping The Vow – $41.2 million)
  • Biggest opening for a Universal Animated film (topping Despicable Me – $56.4 million)
  • 4TH biggest Universal opener of all time (beating The Bourne Ultimatum – $69.3 million)
  • Biggest 2012 weekend opening for a Universal film (besting Safe House – $40.2 million)
  • Biggest opening for a Chris Meledandri film (topping Ice Age: The Meldown – $68 million)
  • Biggest opening for a Chris Renaud film (topping Despicable Me – $56.4 million)
  • Biggest opening weekend for a film based on a Dr. Seuss book (topping Universal’s own The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – $55.1 million)

‘The Vow’ Takes Top Spot At The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

It was an eventful box office this weekend, with four new films and some healthy numbers. The Vow, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams took the top spot this weekend with $40.7 million, according to early estimates. The tear jerker is based on the true story of a newlywed couple recovering from an accident that puts the wife in a coma. She wakes up with severe memory loss and can’t remember any of her life with her new husband… so he has to fight to win her heart all over again. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll definitely have some tissue handy when I do.

Also opening this weekend was Safe House, starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, bringing in an impressive $39.3 million. The two stars go head to head in this film, as a young CIA agent (Reynolds) is tasked with looking after a fugitive (Washington) in a safe house. Things get crazy when the safe house is attacked, and Reynolds is on the run with his charge.

Two other new films opened this weekend. See how they performed in the Top 10 list below and check out how Chronicle, the winner of last weekend’s box office, did in it’s second weekend.

Check out the top 10 movies this weekend after the jump…

This weekend, between Chronicle, The Woman In Black, and The Grey, it was clear that movie goers were out for a thrill. According to the current estimates, Chronicle takes the top spot in this, it’s opening weekend. The “found footage” style film about boys who obtain super telekinetic powers brought in $22 million this weekend. I saw the film and absolutely loved it (you can read my review here). In case you’re wondering, “Apex Predator” is a reference from the movie. Watch it!

Very close behind was The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, bringing in $21 million this weekend. In fact, it’s so close that when the actual numbers are reviewed tomorrow, The Woman in Black may actually come out on top. In it’s favor is the fact that Radcliffe has an extensive female fan base and films that capture the interest of the ladies naturally tend to hold up better on Super Bowl Sunday.

Finally, The Grey took the third spot this weekend. Last weekend, the plane crash survival thriller dominated the box office and this week in third place, the film brought in $9.5 million, bringing its total to $34.7 million. I haven’t yet seen the film, but it looks pretty freaking incredible. Check out how the other films faired this weekend below.

Top 10 list after the jump…

Underworld Comes Out On Top At The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

To my surprise, Underworld: Awakening has taken the top spot at the box office this weekend, with an estimated total of $25.4 million. The 3D film, starring Kate Beckinsale hasn’t received the best reviews, with one reviewer saying “Put a stake in it already”. This is the fourth film in the series, but who knows if it will be the last.

Also opening this weekend and falling in second place was Red Tails, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. The film, inspired by true events, tells the story of a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program (having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II) that are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. The inspiring story brought in $19.1 million this weekend.

I am surprised that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close only brought in $11.2 since it’s opening, and Haywire only did $9 million. Extremely Loud tells a story about 9/11 (with Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks), so you might think that many would want to see it, but I suppose it can sometimes be a sensitive topic. Haywire, on the other hand, just looks amazing in terms of a fierce chick kicking some serious butt (and lots of hot eye candy in the film). Check out where these films placed below, as well as what other movies made the top 10 at the box office this weekend.

Check out the top 10 after the jump…

Contraband Is A Hot Commodity At The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

This weekend, the thriller Contraband which opened on Friday led the box office with an opening total of $24.1 million. The films stars the sexy Mark Wahlberg caught up in dangerous situation where in order to protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, he has to head to Panama to smuggle millions of dollars in counterfeit bills himself. I actually watched the film myself last week with Tyrell and I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and I’m hoping word of mouth will help this film continue to do well in the weeks to come. I certainly recommend seeing it.

Also opening this weekend was a tale as old as time with the latest Disney classic to go 3D, Beauty and the Beast. The film came in second, bringing in $18.4 million. Is it just me, or did this come out of nowhere? Personally, I don’t recall seeing a lot of heavy promotion for this one.

Lastly, Joyful Noise also opened this weekend, with the not so loud debut of Joyful Noise. Dubbed by many as the new Sister Act sequel, the film brought in $11.3 million and ranked fourth this weekend. Although not as many people seemed to have gone out to see this Dolly Parton & Queen Latifah flick, rest assured that Donovan thoroughly enjoyed the film.

How did The Devil Inside do this weekend, after terrible word of mouth since it possessed the box office it’s opening weekend last weekend? Which films are on their way to cross the $200 million threshold? Find out below.

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