The Hunger Games Crashes American Reunion at Friday Box Office

The Hunger Games Crashes American Reunion at Friday Box OfficeThe Hunger Games shrugged off newcomers American Reunion and James Cameron’s Titanic 3D to top the Friday box office for the third consecutive time.

Dropping a mere 31 percent from the previous Friday, The Hunger Games behind stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth added another $12.9 million to its growing pot. Through its first 15 days of release, The Hunger Games has accumulated a massive $282 million and should easily cross the $300 million mark either Sunday or, worst case scenario, on Monday. In doing so, the first film from author Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult book series will top the top grossing Twilight film, New Moon, which ended its theatrical run right at $300 million.

Against most any other film, American Reunion might be celebrating a first place start on Friday. But against The Hunger Games, a debut day of $9.2 million wasn’t quite enough to take first place. It’s also lower than any of the previous theatrically released films in the franchise, but should still cross the $20 million line through Sunday.

Titanic 3D sailed into third place on Friday with $7.1 million and, like American Reunion, should also cross $20 million. Including earnings from Wednesday and Thursday showings, the return of James Cameron’s box office gorilla has made $15.5 million already.

In fourth place was Wrath of the Titans with $5.4 million, enough to propel its gross total to $49.3 million. By comparison, Clash of the Titans had crossed the $90 million mark through the same number of days in release, which doesn’t bode well for the final Wrath number.

Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts closed out the top five with $4.6 million. It has now crossed $30 million and set a relatively low bar for Snow White and the Huntsman to beat in June.

Stop back tomorrow to see if The Hunger Games reached $30 million for the weekend and $300 million overall.

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