Box office update: 'Hunger Games' wins Friday with $18.9 million; 'Wrath' and 'Mirror Mirror' not so fair
Two new wide releases couldn’t dethrone box office champion The Hunger Games on Friday.
The blockbuster dropped by 72 percent from its first Friday to $18.9 million, which should lead to a three-day gross above $60 million and an easy weekend win. (A hefty drop was all but guaranteed after scoring the third-best opening of all time.) Over ten days, The Hunger Games‘ total will likely sit at about $250 million.
In second place, Wrath of the Titans got off to a decidedly more sluggish start. In its first day, the sequel, which stars Sam Worthington (whose vehicle Man on a Ledge flopped in January) and Liam Neeson, took in $12.4 million. That figure points to a $36 million debut, a huge dropoff from the $61.3 million that 2010’s Clash of the Titans earned in its first weekend. The Warner Brothers film will need strong international results to justify its $150 million price tag.
The first of this year’s Snow White adaptations, Relativity’s $85 million comedy Mirror Mirror, opened with a rather underwhelming $5.9 million on Friday, which should lead to a frame just above $20 million. Relativity was expecting a weekend in the $22-24 million range.
In fourth and fifth place were holdovers 21 Jump Street and The Lorax, which grossed $4.7 million and $2 million, respectively. 21 Jump Street is headed to a better-than-expected $14 million frame, while The Lorax may gross another $7 million.
Check back tomorrow for the full weekend report, and follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute box office updates.
1. The Hunger Games – $18.9 million
2. Wrath of the Titans – $12.4 million
3. Mirror Mirror – $5.9 million
4. 21 Jump Street – $4.7 million
5. The Lorax – $2.0 million