The Hunger Games take third place at box office

It was a great run at the top for The Hunger Games, but we know all good thing must come to an end. Preliminary reports say The Hunger Games came in third place this weekend with $14.5 million, making it the 19th highest grossing film of all time!  We have no need to be sad, The Hunger Games have outperformed everyone’s expectations and is without a doubt a huge success!  Bravo!  See excerpt from Eonline below.

The Hunger Games, meanwhile, fell to third place, with a still-solid $14.5 million. Prior to getting trumped by Think Like a Man, the Jennifer Lawrence film had spent three weeks at No. 1.

The year’s top-grossing movie has pushed its domestic total to $356.9 million, moving it past Transformers: Dark of the Moon for 19th place among the all-time hits.

Elsewhere, the Disney nature film Chimpanzee was a minor blockbuster, grossing $10.2 million off fewer screens than any film in the Top 10.

Holdovers The Three Stooges and TheCabin in the Woods both held up OK, even as they tumbled in the standings.

Wrath of the Titans made a speedy exit from the Top 10, with the sequel lasting only three weeks. A $77 million-grossing bust here, overseas audience saved the day, sort of. Per BoxOffice.com, the $195 million epic has grossed $264 million worldwide.

Battleship, another super-sized, would-be blockbuster, broke the $100 million mark in its second week in international release. The film opens here May 18.

The Efron-voiced Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, the year’s No. 2 film, dropped from the rankings after a seven-week stay.

In limited release, Darling Companion, director Lawrence Kasdan‘s latest and apparently final ode to baby boomers, was a hit ($46,296 at four screens), as was the Bob Marley documentary, Marley ($260,000 at 42 locations).

Here’s the complete rundown of the weekend’s top movies, per Friday-Sunday domestic estimates as reported by the studios and Exhibitor Relations:

  1. Think Like a Man, $33 million
  2. The Lucky One, $22.8 million
  3. The Hunger Games, $14.5 million
  4. Chimpanzee, $10.2 million
  5. The Three Stooges, $9.2 million
  6. The Cabin in the Woods, $7.8 million
  7. American Reunion, $5.2 million
  8. Titanic 3D, $5 million
  9. 21 Jump Street, $4.6 million
  10. Mirror Mirror, $4.1 million

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