'Clash' sequel trails the original by nearly half
In what’s shaping out to be another strong weekend at the domestic B.O., “The Hunger Games” continues to make a killing, with Lionsgate’s dystopian thriller on track to earn nearly $60 million this weekend, based on early Friday B.O. estimates.Adapted from Suzanne Collins’ popular young adult novels, “Games” also becomes the fourth-fastest film to reach $200 million in the U.S. — only “The Dark Knight,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part II,” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” have accomplished that milestone in quicker fashion. Dropping 60% week-to-week, “Hunger Games” is pacing for a stellar $22 million Friday, grossing more than new releases “Wrath of the Titans” and “Mirror Mirror” combined. WB’s “Titans,” meanwhile, should debut at No. 2 with $11 million-$12 million Friday, putting the 3D Greek actioner in the $33 million arena for the weekend. Budgeted at $150 million, “Wrath” is down over 40% from its predecessor’s opening (“Clash of the Titans” debuted at $61 million) but the Sam Worthington-starrer, much like “Clash,” is eyeing bigger biz overseas, where the first pic scored an impressive $330 million. Rounding out the top three Friday is Relativity Media’s “Mirror Mirror,” which is faring modestly with $6 million for the day. Starring Lily Collins-Julia Roberts, the Snow White feature should get a bump Saturday from family auds and will likely land in the low 20′s for the weekend. Relativity expects long legs for its kid-friendly film as most tykes will have time off in the coming days for Easter weekend and spring break. “Mirror Mirror” is the first of Hollywood’s two Snow White tentpoles set for release this year. U’s “Snow White and the Huntsmen,” starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, bows in June. Highlighting this weekend’s limited releases is The Weinstein Company’s much-ballyhooed documentary, “Bully.” Pic, which was slapped with an R-rating by the MPAA despite several public outcries by the distrib, is off to a promising start in New York and Los Angeles this weekend with approximately $20,000 per-screen average from 5 locations for just north of $100K. The Weinsteins promise to open the film unrated in several theaters next month, when the doc expands to twenty-five U.S. cities April 13. Finally, Sony’s R-rated action-comedy “21 Jump Street” is still arresting auds. The Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum pic is pegged for a $12 million-14 million weekend.