The official numbers for the weekend are in and while it is once again below the estimated total, $33,111,557 is only about 400 thousand off. This confirms The Hunger Games position as top movie at the box office three weeks running, holding off new releases, Titanic 3D and American Reunion. With a domestic total of $302,450,722, it has also broken the 300 million barrier, becoming the six fastest film to reach that mark (17 days), right behind Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (16 days), already placing it at number 37 all time highest grossing movies – poised to pass the first Pirates movie as well as a slew of other blockbusters. It has already surpassed all of the Twilight films, likely because it appeals to a much more diverse audience. Among non-sequels, only Avatar has done better. With a worldwide total of $459,550,722 it will soon join the half billion dollar club.
This type of performance, along with a surprisingly successful Lorax, easily pushed this March into the record books as the highest grossing with over over $940 million at the box office. The Hunger Games should also easily pass Alice in Wonderland’s total to become the highest grossing March release ever.
Partially due to The Hunger Games’ success, the first quarter of the year ended with a huge $2.6 billion total, the second highest ever.
Stats from BoxOfficeMojo