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Monday, April 9, 2012
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‘Hunger Games’ Tops Box-Office for Third Week in a Row

By Scott Mendelson

The Hunger Games has topped the box-office for the third weekend in a row, dropping a perfectly reasonable 43% from last weekend, and taking in a weekend haul of $33.5 million. This gives the film a massive $302 million in 17 days, which is the second-largest haul for a film outside of summer in history. It’s also the fifth-biggest 17-day total in history, and 11 days ahead of Alice In Wonderland, the closest non-summer competitor and just two days behind Avatar. Forget Twilight comparisons (it’s already passed Eclipse, which is the highest-grossing entry in the series), and forget the majority of the Harry Potter series, as it’s $14 million away from surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and has already tied the $303 million 17-day total of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, with significantly larger second and third weekends to boot. At this point, it’s playing like Spider-Man 2 and the last Harry Potter film, with stronger weekends but lighter weekday grosses. The second Spidey pick ended its third weekend with $302 million and ended its domestic haul with $373 million, while Harry Potter 7.2 ended with $381 million.

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