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.
If you’re excited for the 3D return of one of the best movies of all time, Titanic, you’ll be happy to hear about this news. Moviegoers across the U.S. and Canada will be among the first audiences anywhere to experience TITANIC in 3D at the exclusive “sneak preview” fan screening events, set for Monday, April 2nd in Canada and Tuesday, April 3rd in the U.S.. Presented exclusively in RealD®, these one-night only special advance screenings will take place at 6:30pm at select 3D movie theaters across North America.
Each TITANIC in 3D Sneak Preview Pack includes:
*While supplies last…so hurry before the ship sinks.
Tickets for these April “sneak preview” events are on sale now both on-line, and at participating theatres. For event locations around the country, to purchase tickets, or to learn more about this exclusive event, please go to: http://www.titanicmovie.com/FanSneakPreview/.
In 2012, it will be 100 years since the Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage. In honor of the anniversary, on April 6th 2012 the Titanic movie will be re-released in theaters. This time it will be in 3D!
The original film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, came out in 1997 and received eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. This film was the highest grossing film of all time and the first to reach the billion dollar mark…that is until James Cameron challenged his own record with the release Avatar in 2010.
Here’s what Cameron had to say about the re-release:
“There’s a whole generation that’s never seen ‘Titanic’ as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. And this will be ‘Titanic’ as you’ve never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.”