Box Office Weekend Wrap-Up

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April 16th, 2012

What Happened at the Box Office this Weekend?

--This past weekend, "The Three Stooges" proved that Moe, Larry and Curly still have the power to charm and delight audiences everywhere. The comedy brought in over $17 million over the weekend, jumping to second place in overall box office rankings. Directed by the Farrelly brothers, the family-friendly comedy tells the story of three buffoonish men with a talent for getting into trouble. When they hear that their childhood orphanage is in danger, Moe, Larry and Curly jump into action. Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos bring new energy to the classic comedy troupe.

Joss Whedon's hip new horror film, "The Cabin in the Woods," earned over $14 million during the weekend. Opening on Friday the 13th, the story follows a group of five young friends who head to an isolated cabin for a weekend full of fun and relaxation. As it turns out, the friends wind up having to face down evil forces in a suspenseful battle for survival. The horror movie has plenty of shocking twists that will keep even seasoned horror fans on the edge of their seats.

Other Theatrical Releases
"The Hunger Games" still reigns supreme at the box office. The weekend gross of over $21 million brings the sci-fi flick's total earnings to over $337 million. The crowd-pleasing movie has something for everyone, with plenty of action and suspense. Young Katniss Everdeen is just one of the 24 teenagers chosen at random to take part in a televised life-or-death competition. Katniss has to make her choices wisely if she wants to win fans and up her odds of surviving. Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence has already won fans with her stellar performance as Katniss.

"Titanic 3D" earned over $11 million during the weekend. Total earnings have reached over $44 million, with fans flocking to the re-release of James Cameron's 1997 romantic epic. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio star as a pair of young lovers who meet aboard the RMS Titanic in 1912. Their romance is soon interrupted by one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. The film is shown in 3D for an enhanced viewing experience, and is available at select theaters.

"American Reunion" had a solid weekend, earning over $10 million and bringing the total gross up to over $39 million. The wild and raunchy comedy reunites the original cast of the beloved teen comedy "American Pie," showing Stifler, Oz, Jim and the rest as they try to navigate adult life. The results are often hilarious.

"Mirror, Mirror" was #6 in box office rankings this weekend. Tarsem Singh's imaginative take on the Snow White fairy tale is a family-friendly treat. This past weekend, the action-packed fantasy comedy earned $7 million, with total earnings of over $49 million. Julia Roberts stars as the evil enchantress and Lily Collins is the plucky young princess.

Movies to DVD
Tom Cruise returns to one of his most beloved roles, playing daredevil agent Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." The DVD is due out on Tuesday, April 17th. Hunt is being blamed for a terrorist attack, and has to work with his fellow agents to bring the true culprits to justice. The action-packed film has a PG-13 rating.

A controversial new film by director Steve McQueen is also out on DVD this Tuesday. "Shame" stars Michael Fassbender as a man who struggles with a troubling and secret addiction. When his sister decides to live with him, the addict is forced to challenge his way of life. The film is rated NC-17 for mature themes and situations.

Morgan Freeman narrates an insightful documentary about the brave people who work to save orphaned elephants and orangutans in Africa. "Born to Be Wild," a stunning nature documentary, has received many positive reviews. The movie is rated G, making it a good choice for the whole family.

"Suspicion" is a dramatic thriller that comes out on DVD this Tuesday. A retired member of the mafia forms an unexpected friendship with a young college student. It does take long for him to realize that both their lives may be in danger. The movie is unrated.

For fans of dance movies, "Crew 2 Crew" is available for home viewing this week. A teenager finds his life changing drastically after he decides to join a break-dancing troupe. As he is faced with new challenges and new opportunities, he has to decide whether fame is as important as family. The film is rated R and inspired by true events.