Weekend Box Office Wrap Up for April 9th

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April 9th, 2012

Weekend Box Office Wrap Up for April 9th

--The 1990s have made a successful comeback this weekend, with two nostalgic movies taking top honors at the box office. 'American Reunion,' a sequel to the raunchy teen comedy 'American Pie' (1999), took second place in the rankings this weekend with a gross of over $21 million. The comedy reunites the original cast of the iconic comedy, including Jason Biggs, Chris Klein and Alyson Hannigan. All the former students of East Great Falls are back to celebrate their high school reunion and reflect on the past, with hilarious results.

James Cameron's Titanic 3D, the re-release of his enormously popular romantic epic, earned over $17 million over the weekend. New fans and old alike flocked to the theaters to enjoy the timeless romance. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet lead the star-studded cast in a sweeping love story, set against the background of one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.

Other Theatrical Releases:
'The Hunger Games' shows no signs of slowing down, earning the top spot in box office rankings for the third week running. The movie brought in over $33 million, bringing its total gross up to a staggering $302 million. Katniss Everdeen, a fierce young warrior, has to fight against the odds as a contestant in a brutal life-or-death competition. She also has to figure out her feelings for her two beaus, Peeta and Gale.

'Wrath of the Titans' brought in an additional $15 million, bringing the total gross to over $58 million. The 3D epic features plenty of nail-biting action sequences as the gods and the Titans battle for supremacy. Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington star in this action-packed sequel to 'Clash of the Titans' (2010).

'Mirror, Mirror' brought in $11 million over the weekend, with a total gross of over $36 million. The refreshing fairy tale is based on the beloved story of Snow White, but also offers a few exciting twists and humorous surprises. The movie stars Lily Collins, daughter of singer Phil Collins.

The suspenseful comedy '21 Jump Street' continues to perform well at the box office, managing to stay in the top ten box office rankings since its opening weekend. This past weekend saw profits of more than $10 million, resulting in total profits of over $109 million. With Oscar-nominated actor Jonah Hill showing off his comedic chops, it is no wonder the action-packed police comedy is such a hit.

Movies to DVD:
Viewers who enjoyed Meryl Streep's acceptance speech at the 2012 Academy Awards will also enjoy watching the movie that earned Streep her Best Actress win. On April 10th, 'The Iron Lady' comes to DVD. Streep portrays Margaret Thatcher, the controversial British Prime Minister who turned the world of politics upside down. The drama is a character study about a woman whose strong personality did not win her many friends. 'The Iron Lady' is rated P3-13.

Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog's latest documentary also comes out on DVD this Tuesday. 'Into the Abyss' is a hard-hitting documentary about a grisly Texas murder and the ensuing trial. Into the Abyss might not be a feel-good film, but it offers a thought-provoking insight into the justice system.

Fans of sci-fi are in for a treat with the DVD release of 'The Darkest Hour.' Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby star in this suspenseful thriller about a conflict between humans and aliens. When it becomes apparent that aliens are launching a vicious attack against the planet Earth, it falls to a band of determined young people to save the day. The thriller has plenty of sci-fi action sequences to entertain viewers.

'Sleeping Beauty' is a haunting modern fairy tale about a young woman who takes on an unusual job. Lucy works as an escort and agrees to be unconscious during her encounters with clients. Soon, however, she starts wondering what happens while she is asleep. The film is not rated, but is inappropriate for younger audiences.