Box Office: ‘The Hunger Games’ looks for a mammoth ‘Harry Potter’ level opening

Forget ‘Twilight’ Katniss is going after everyone’s favorite sorcerer

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 10:25 PM
Gregory Ellwood

Get ready to hear a lot more about “The Hunger Games” than you ever expected.  The adaptation of Suzanne Collins 2008 novel has been the center of tremendous hype ever since it was labeled the “next” “Twilight” franchise after Lionsgate acquired the big screen rights in 2009. However, with only 2.9 million copies in print the fan base isn’t anywhere near the level Stephenie Meyer’s franchise (116 million copies in print as of Oct. 2010).  Well, much to even Lionsgate’s surprise it appears lightning has struck twice and “Hunger Games” is about to ravage your local movie theater.
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US Weekend Boxoffice top 10 (Mar. 2-4, 2012)

1. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
2. Project X
3. Act of Valor
4. Safe House
5. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
6. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
7. The Vow
8. This Means WarGhost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
10.Wanderlust

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The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012

Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
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US Weekend Boxoffice top 10 (Feb. 17-19, 2012)

Safe House won the second round of boxoffice competition this weekend against The Vow, this time coming on top in a very close race over the first three days of Presidents Day Weekend. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opened at no.3, while Journey 2: The Mysterious Island continues its surprisingly strong run at no.4. Official numbers for the 4-day weekend will be released on Tuesday.

1. Safe House
2. The Vow
3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
5. This Means War
6. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
7. Chronicle
8. The Woman in Black
9. The Secret World of Arrietty
10. The Grey

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