The Hunger Games held off competition from Sam Worthington and Julia Roberts and retained the top spot at the box office. The Jennifer Lawrence starrer grossed $61.1 million over the weekend, a number that ups its cume to a fantastic $251 million. The production budget for the film is a reported $78 million, so this is a major success for Lionsgate, especially considering that The Hunger Games has crossed $364 million worldwide.
Julia Roberts’ turn in Mirror Mirror failed to find much of an audience, scoring a mediocre $19 million. The $85 million fairy tale’s launch was a far cry from the $116 million that Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland had in 2010 and Mirror Mirror’s debut was also below the $32 million that Immortals banked on its debut. That was the last feature from visualist director Tarsem, but Mirror Mirror (read our review) has the potential to have legs – if mothers and daughters decide to show up in the coming weeks.
21 Jump Street grossed another $15 million and brought its cume to just under $93 million. The century mark is now a certainty, giving the $48 million film a solid profit.
Fellow hold-over hit The Lorax scored another $8 million, bringing its total to over $189 million. The film will now cross $200 million at the domestic box office in the coming weeks – meaning that the $70 million outlay by Universal Pictures was a worthwhile investment.
Disney bomb John Carter banked $2 million, upping its cume to just over $66 million. The $250 million film has just about covered its production budget globally, but it still won’t turn a profit.
Director Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing In Yemen cracked the top ten, despite playing in less than 500 locations. Ewan McGregor stars in the film which grossed $1.2 million over the weekend, taking its gross to $3.1 million, a number which should swell in the coming weeks.
Dwayne Johnson’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island brought in just over $800,000 a number which brings its total to $98.4 million.
Source: Box Office Mojo