April 15, 2012



THE HUNGER GAMES (Lionsgate/Summit) continues to overperform.  Based on preliminary Saturday numbers at Deadline, it’s headed for a $21.7M weekend and a total so far of $335.7M, a spectacular 35% decline for a blockbuster in its 4th weekend (and even better than it sounds, because last weekend included the Good Friday holiday).  If it can continue at that pace–which will become more difficult, because summer pictures like The Avengers will start to arrive and its theatre count will begin slipping–it’ll top Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and its $381M gross, and become one of the top dozen highest grossing films (in the US) ever.  It’s also made around $165M overseas, comparatively lagging but still no small amount.

THE THREE STOOGES (20th) seems headed for a smaller Saturday matinee bump than might have been expected, and around $17M for the weekend.  It doesn’t face any particular competition from next weekend’s openings, so it should hold decently.  CABIN IN THE WOODS (Lionsgate) had a small (under 10%) Saturday bump, but that was better than a decline, and it might hit $15M for the weekend.  LOCKOUT (FilmDistrict/OpenRoad) is in line with Friday’s expectation of a $6M weekend. 
Holdovers seem pretty much on target:  AMERICAN REUNION (Universal) and WRATH OF THE TITANS (Warners) are falling fast, down over 50% from last week, while TITANIC 3D (Paramount) and MIRROR MIRROR (Relativity) are slipping much more slowly, around 35% for the weekend. 
Stay with SHOWBUZZDAILY all weekend for updated boxoffice and analysis!


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."