More room at box office table for ‘Hunger Games’

April 6, 2012

“Hunger Games” mania looks ready to fire up movie box offices again. The post-apocalyptic survival drama will beat all competitors for the third weekend in a row – if it can hold off the mighty “Titanic” and the gang from “American Pie.”

Many school kids will be at home on Friday ahead of the Easter holiday, and Hollywood hopes many of them will go out to the movies.

One tough competitor, “Hunger Games,” will likely grab another $30 million from Friday through Sunday and retain its domestic box-office title, said Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst at The movie from Lions Gate Entertainment has pulled in more than $262 million since storming into theaters on March 23.

Two newcomers could put up a good fight to unseat “Hunger Games.”

“American Reunion,” brings back cast members from the hugely successful gross-out “American Pie” comedies. Last seen on the big screen in 2003’s “American Wedding,” the old friends gather this time around for a high-school reunion. Box-office watchers forecast an opening upwards of $20 million for the sequel from Comcast’s Universal Pictures.

For “Titanic,” partners Paramount and Fox aim to lure a new generation of filmgoers into theaters for a 3D version of the second-highest-grossing movie in history. “Titanic” sailed back into theaters on Wednesday and already gulped down $4.7 million. Paramount, which handles domestic distribution, projects about $15 million in Friday-through-Sunday ticket sales, or $25 million counting Wednesday and Thursday.

Photo Credit: Lions Gate/Murray Close

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