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Old 03-26-2012, 07:48 AM   #1
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Weekend Boxoffice Chart


The Hunger Games has filled fan appetites with a $155 million opening weekend that puts it near the top of the domestic record book.

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of March 23rd to March 25th.
  1. The Hunger Games $155.0/$155.0
  2. 21 Jump Street $21.3/$71.0
  3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax $13.1/$177.3
  4. John Carter $5.0/$62.3
  5. Act of Valor $2.0/$65.9
  6. Project X $1.9/$51.7
  7. A Thousand Words $1.9/$14.9
  8. October Baby $1.7/$1.7
  9. Safe House $1.4/$122.6
  10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $1.3/$97.1
  11. Casa De Mi Padre $1.1/$3.9
  12. This Means War $1.0/$52.2
#1 all time opening weekend for a movie that is not a sequel.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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I did my part to contribute to that ass whoopin' The Hunger Games put on over the weekend. The whole family had read the book and was needless to say excited to see the movie. It didn't fail to deliver, and stayed remarkably true to the source material. Certain concessions had to be made to keep the PG-13 rating, but all in all it was a very enjoyable afternoon out with the wife and kids!
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:56 AM   #3
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Yeah, my 12 year-old daughter is a Hinger Games fanatic, and me and the wife took her to see it.
She excitedly jabbered away to me about it as we watched, and I realized how annoying my wife must find it when I explain things during nerd movies.
It was good, and my kiddo says it was pretty close to the book with a few, minor alterations.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:20 AM   #4
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[/LIST]#1 all time [domestic] opening weekend for a movie that is not a sequel.
Fixed that for you. Avatar had a better world wide opening weekend.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:21 AM   #5
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:45 AM   #6
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On a whim, I went to a 10:30 showing of Hunger Games...one of the pluses of living within walking distance of the theater. But the negatives shown through...a lot of families with their babies and toddler/kids. So, yeah, this is a grumpy post of fist shaking at those parents. WTF were you thinking? I know, I know...people can only go when they can go...but I really don't buy that this was the only time these people could go.

Movie was good, and looking forward to the rest in the series. They did a pretty good job taking the internal monologue from Katniss and represent it as a narrative.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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Loved it, but feel a bit strange that a story this awesome was written for 12 year old girls.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:54 AM   #8
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Six posts, and no one has said "Battle Royale Ripoff!!" yet? For shame, internet.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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In Europe this movie was listed as "Battle Royale with Cheese."
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #10
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Battle Royale wasn't a wide release in the states, probably not very many people know about it. (I didn't care too much for it myself.) But regardless, the "humans hunting humans" theme wasn't invented by that movie either. If it's a good theme, it's always welcome to see someone else try their approach.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:33 AM   #11
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Battle Royale wasn't a wide release in the states, probably not very many people know about it. (I didn't care too much for it myself.) But regardless, the "humans hunting humans" theme wasn't invented by that movie either. If it's a good theme, it's always welcome to see someone else try their approach.
But I heard this movie was wildly popular with middle-aged housewives!
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:48 AM   #12
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It is amazing how many women are into this movie, because it's basically a raw action flick. Demographics are some 60%+ girls and women, and the rest men, with both young and old demographics into it. No wonder it smashed records. The writer found the perfect sweet demographic spot.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:27 AM   #13
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Read the books, like them. Saw the movie at a 10 AM showing on Sunday and the theater was PACKED which I didn't expect. Anyway, I wasn't disappointed even though I felt like they glossed over certain themes too much.

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For example it isn't ever really shown just how much under the boot of the Capital the rest of the districts are. Yes you have terrible poverty, but it doesn't go on to show that this is the direct result of Capital policy.

Also, the undercurrent of rebellion was hidden with the exception of 2 notable exceptions. That is important to setting up future storytelling.

Maybe that's just me though.
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It is amazing how many women are into this movie, because it's basically a raw action flick. Demographics are some 60%+ girls and women, and the rest men, with both young and old demographics into it. No wonder it smashed records. The writer found the perfect sweet demographic spot.
Well because it is a female writer like twilight...except unlike twilight which as disturbing as it is...is kinda original. Hunger games not so much.
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Battle Royale wasn't a wide release in the states, probably not very many people know about it. (I didn't care too much for it myself.) But regardless, the "humans hunting humans" theme wasn't invented by that movie either. If it's a good theme, it's always welcome to see someone else try their approach.
Then you should watch the movie and compare the death's on Battle Royale to the ones in Hunger Games. Then you will say oh...
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Maybe it's because I didn't read the book, but I thought the movie sucked. The hour or so it took to get into the actual Games dragged on and on. Then when the Hunger games began it felt pretty solid. Then it quickly began to drag more. There tense moments were done very well, but the rest got on my nerves real quick.

This seems like one of those movies that pleases people who read the book as they can see something they read come to life on the screen. Now I understand why friends of mine that never read Watchmen absolutely hated the movie while I was pleased with it.
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Maybe it's because I didn't read the book, but I thought the movie sucked. The hour or so it took to get into the actual Games dragged on and on. Then when the Hunger games began it felt pretty solid. Then it quickly began to drag more. There tense moments were done very well, but the rest got on my nerves real quick.

This seems like one of those movies that pleases people who read the book as they can see something they read come to life on the screen. Now I understand why friends of mine that never read Watchmen absolutely hated the movie while I was pleased with it.
Nah, I haven't read the books, and thought the story was wonderful. Perhaps you just weren't able to empathize with Katniss enough. That's what makes the parts you say dragged wroth it.
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Nah, I haven't read the books, and thought the story was wonderful. Perhaps you just weren't able to empathize with Katniss enough. That's what makes the parts you say dragged wroth it.
I didn't know very much about the series and I really enjoyed the movie as well. I'll check out the sequels when the come out.
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Nah, I haven't read the books, and thought the story was wonderful. Perhaps you just weren't able to empathize with Katniss enough. That's what makes the parts you say dragged wroth it.
What, that she (Spoiler, even if partially in the trailer)

volunteered to take her sisters place? That's was fine and all, but the being a bitch to everybody that was helping her? I still don't get why Lenny Kravitz was cool with her as quick as he was. And what the hell was with the spinning fire dress? Two or three turnarounds would have been enough. But she did it like 15 times.

There were more things here and there that got on my nerves, but the only reason I wasn't furious for wasting my time at the theater was that the movie did a good job of building tension.
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Overall I thought the movie was pretty good, and did the book a little better in some spots, and came up short in a few others. Saw it twice actually because my younger son wanted to see it also. Both shows sold out, midnight and a 2pm Sunday show.

The biggest complaint I had was the beginning of the movie and all the shaky cam usage. It was so bad and noticeable I was glad when they finally went to a steady long shot of Katniss running. I can understand why it was used during the bloodbath, but not showing all of the citizens in District 12 going about their day.

Lose the shaky cam and keep making changes to improve areas of the book and the next 2 will be awesome. (hopefully they come to their senses and only make 2 more movies rather than the splitting of the final book)

And the comment about Twilight being a more original take? Wussification of vampires, I guess that is an original take...
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