Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and “The Hunger Games” ruled the box office again last weekend. It’s the first film since sci-fi classic Avatar to dominate for four weeks in a row.
Weak competition may have helped. The film went up against debuts by the Farrelly brothers’ “The Three Stooges,” “Cabin in the Woods” and sci-fi indie “Lockout,” none of which could match the Hunger Game’s marketing power.
The film about a dystopian world where young teens are forced to fight to the death for sport, earned $21.5 million over the weekend in North America, lifting its domestic gross to $337.1 million. It has earned more than $500 million worldwide.
Top Ten Films, Weekend Gross
1. The Hunger Games, Week 4, Weekend $21.7M, Cume $335.7M
2. The Three Stooges, Debut, Weekend $17.1M
3. The Cabin In The Woods, Debut, Weekend $15.1M
4. Titanic 3D, Week 2, Weekend $11.4M, Cume $44.1M
5. American Reunion, Week 2, Weekend $10.6M, Cume $39.8M
6. Mirror Mirror, Week 3, Weekend $7.2M, Cume $49.6M
7. Wrath Of The Titans 3D, Week 3, Weekend $7.0M, Cume $71.3M
8. 21 Jump Street, Week 5, Weekend $6.8M, Cume $120.0M
9. Lockout, Debut, Weekend $6.4M
10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D, Week 7, Weekend $3.0M, Cume $204.7M
The sequel, “Catching Fire,” which will bring back Lawrence and cast next year, is still searching for a director.
Despite the Hunger Games crush, Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly, who are known for quirky comedy films, scored their best opening in a decade with “The Three Stooges.” The film earned $17.1 million domestically, despite getting ravaged by critics, the brothers’ third highest opening, according to deadline.com .
In contrast, highly acclaimed horror film “The Cabin in the Woods,” earned $15.1 million domestically over the weekend. The film scored a 92 percent positive rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks film reviews.
Co-written and produced by Joss Whedon, of “Avengers” fame, it stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz.
The film is about five college students who spend the weekend at a remote cabin that is somehow tied in with an industrial company that is using the students to conduct experiments. Zombies are involved so you get the picture.
“Titanic 3D” re-released in the new format was No. 4 over the weekend, taking in $11.6 million for a 12-day total of $44.4 million. “American Reunion” came in fifth with $10.7 million in its second weekend.