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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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Mar.17, 2012

1. fun. f/ Janelle Monae “We Are Young”
2. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
3. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
4. The Wanter, “Glad You Came”
5. Katy Perry, “Part Of Me”
6. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
7. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa f/ Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild & Free”
8. David Guetta f/ Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
9. Gotye f/ Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
10. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”

Fun.-tastic! ‘We Are Young’ Tops Hot 100

Fun. becomes the first rock band in more than a decade to send a debut Billboard Hot 100 hit to No. 1, as “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, ascends 3-1.

The song spends a third week atop the Digital Songs chart with 302,000 downloads sold (up 19%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The track claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award, as it bounds 61-41 in its second week on Radio Songs (30 million, up 60%, according to Nielsen BDS). “Young” rises 3-2 on the Alternative Songs radio airplay chart and roars in as the top debut on Pop Songs (No. 24) and Adult Pop Songs (No. 33).
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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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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Mar.10, 2012

1. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
2. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
3. fun. f/ Janelle Monae “We Are Young”
4. Katy Perry, “Part Of Me”
5. The Wanter, “Glad You Came”
6. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
7. Flo Rida, “Good Feeling”
8. David Guetta f/ Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
9. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa f/ Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild & Free”
10. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”

Kelly Clarkson Returns to Hot 100 Peak
The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” blasts into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10, vaulting 23-5 with top Digital Gainer honors after the “Glee” cast covered the song on last week’s (Feb. 21) episode of the Fox series.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” meanwhile, returns to the chart’s top spot after a one-week dip to No. 4.
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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Mar.03, 2012

1. Katy Perry, “Part Of Me”
2. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
3. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
4. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
5. Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”
6. fun. f/ Janelle Monae “We Are Young”
7. Adele, “Someone Like You”
8. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
9. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
10.Chris Brown, “Turn Up The Music”

Katy Perry’s ‘Part of Me’ Debuts Atop Hot 100
Adele, Whitney Houston, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown Add to Top 10

Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” rockets in at the Billboard Hot 100 summit, while Adele, the late Whitney Houston, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown all make notable news in the chart’s top 10.

Following her appearance at the 54th Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, Perry, who performed “Part” in a medley with her former No. 1 “E.T.,” engineers just the 20th No. 1 entrance in the Hot 100’s 53-year history. Lady Gaga had last stormed in at the chart’s top spot almost a year ago (Feb. 26, 2011) with “Born This Way,” which also benefitted from Grammys exposure last year; “Born” reached retail and radio the Friday before last year’s event, at which Gaga sang it.

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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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