Box Office Weekend Recap March 23-25, 2012

March 28th, 2012

Box Office Weekend Wrap-Up March 23-25, 2012

'The Hunger Games' debuted this weekend and took the box office by storm, grossing over $152 million during its opening weekend. Based on the dystopian young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, the film follows Katniss Everdeen, a tough young woman who finds herself caught up in a lethal reality show. Along with 23 other young people chosen at random, Katniss must fight to the death and survive the elements until there is only one victor left standing. This sci-fi drama and adventure film is suspenseful, fast-paced and thought-provoking, sure to appeal to fans of the books and also to those who are new to The Hunger Games. Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence turns in a memorable performance as Katniss.

Other Theatrical Releases
'21 Jump Street' has continued to perform well, pulling in $20 million during the past weekend and bringing its total earnings to $70 million. Based on the popular 1980s television series, the movie features Channing Tatum and Oscar-nominated Jonah Hill as two bumbling young police officers. When the two officers wind up assigned to a special division and have to go undercover at their old high school, they find their skills put to the test.

Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax' made $13 million over the past weekend, earning significantly less than its previous weekends, but still holding steady with a $178 million gross profit since its March 2nd debut. This family-friendly animated adventure is based on a beloved children's book, chronicling the rivalry between the Once-ler, a greedy business maven, and the Lorax, a defender of nature. The movie artfully blends entertaining action with a heartfelt message.

'John Carter' is continuing to drop in the ranks, earning only $5 million over the weekend, with a 63% drop in profits from its previous weekend gross. The film's total domestic gross now clocks in at $62 million. This science-fiction film by Disney is based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and tells the story of a prospector in 1868 who winds up unexpectedly transported to the planet Mars. He is quickly pulled into the various conflicts taking place between the different Martian populations and is forced to get in touch with his inner hero.

The action film, 'Act of Valor,' made $2 million, bringing its gross profits since opening weekend up to $65 million.

'A Thousand Words,' Eddie Murphy's latest comedy, brought in just under $2 million, bringing total profits to $14 million.

The horror movie, 'Silent House,' saw the biggest drop in profits, earning only $639 thousand, which was a 70% drop from the previous weekend. The dark thriller stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped inside her family's lake house.

Movies to DVD
Those who have been waiting to see 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' are in luck this week, as the Oscar-nominated film will be released on DVD on March 27th. The drama follows the story of 11-year-old Oskar, a young New Yorker who hopes to unlock a secret message left behind by his father, who died during the World Trade Center attacks. Max van Sydow, who plays Oskar's mysterious friend, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2012 Academy Awards.

David Cronenberg's latest movie, 'A Dangerous Method,' is also now available on DVD. The film focuses on Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, and traces the turbulent and complex history of psychoanalysis.

For viewers who prefer lighter fare, 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' will also available this week. Theodore, Simon and Alvin, along with a cast of other animated friends, have to find their way home after a luxury cruise goes awry and leaves them shipwrecked on an unfamiliar island.