'Hunger Games' Beats 'Three Stooges' on Box Office, Breaks Another Record

 "The Hunger Games" is so far unbeatable on North American box office. For four weeks in a row, the novel-adapted movie claims the top spot on the chart, making it the first movie to secure the first place in four consecutive weekends since James Cameron's "Avatar" in 2009.

This week, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring fiction movie collects an estimated $21.5 million, dropping a slim 32% from the previous weekend. After 24 days playing in cinemas nationwide, the film takes in a total domestic cume of $337 million.

Slapstick comedy "The Three Stooges" lands on the runner-up spot on its debut weekend. Opening to an estimated $17.1 million, the reboot movie about dimwitted trio Moe, Larry and Curly appeals to mostly male audience which make up 59% of the ticket buyers.

The classic comedy earns a "B-" CinemaScore overall. "The movie rocks with those that it was made fore," says 20th Century Fox executive vp distribution Chris Aronson. "There is a whole new generation of Stooges fans now."

Filling the third spot is another newcomer "The Cabin in the Woods", which grabs around $14.8 million. Though receiving a "C" CinemaScore, the R-rated horror starring Chris Hemsworth pleases Lionsgate Films with its result. "We're pleased with the outcome," says Richie Fay, Lionsgate president of distribution.

Securing the fourth and fifth place respectively are the "Titanic" 3D and "American Reunion". The re-release film about the legendary RMS' sinking during its maiden voyage rakes in approximately $11.6 million for a total domestic gross of $44.4 million on its second weekend. Meanwhile, the R-rated sex comedy adds around $10.7 million to its $39.9 million domestic cume.

In the meantime, another new release "Lockout" fails to join the top five. Landing on the ninth place, the Guy Pearce-starring sci-fi movie takes in an estimated $6.2 million on its debut weekend. 

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for April 6-8:
  1. "The Hunger Games" - $21.5 million
  2. "The Three Stooges" - $17.1 million
  3. "The Cabin in the Woods" 3D - $14.8 million
  4. "Titanic" (3D) - $11.6 million
  5. "American Reunion" - $10.7 million
  6. "Mirror Mirror" - $7 million
  7. "Wrath of the Titans" - $6.9 million
  8. "21 Jump Street" - $6.8 million
  9. "Lockout" - $6.2 million
  10. "The Lorax" - $3 million


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