The Hunger Games did something extraordinarily unusual at the box office this weekend: It held the top spot for a fourth consecutive weekend. How unusual is that, you ask? To look at the last 10 films to hold the number one spot for four consecutive weekends, you have to go all the way back to 1995. Here were the last 10 films to accomplish the feat.
The Hunger Games (Four Weeks) ($337 million and counting)
Avatar (Seven Weeks) ($749 million)
The Dark Knight (Four Weeks) ($533 million)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Four Weeks) ($377 million)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Four Weeks) ($260 million)
The Sixth Sense (Five Weeks) ($293 million)
Saving Private Ryan (Four Weeks) ($216 million)
Titanic (15 weeks) ($600 million)
The Birdcage (Four Weeks) ($124 million)
Seven (Four Weeks) ($100 million)
Even more amazing is, if you want to look at the last 10 films that held the top spot at the box office for five consecutive weeks, you have to go al the way back to Fatal Attraction in 1987 to account for them. With not a lot of competition next weekend (Zac Efron’s The Lucky One is the big opener), The Hunger Games — which scored $21 million this weekend — has a decent shot of holding on to the number one position for another week. The Hunger Games, which now stands at $337 million, even has an outside shot at $400 million.
In second place this weekend, The Three Stooges (ugh) scored a bewildering $17 million, the best debut for the Farrelly brothers in over a decade (which also says a lot about how the Farrelly brothers have been doing in recent years). The Cabin in the Woods, meanwhile, scored a decent but not great $15 million, to open at third (more on the box-office of The Cabin in the Woods later this morning).
Meanwhile, Titanic 3D had a light 33 percent fall from last weekend, adding another $11 million to its overall total, while American Reunion rounded out the top five with $10.7 million, a 50 percent fall from last weekend.
The Luc Besson produced Lockout debuted at number nine, with $6.25 million. TK’s review will be up later today.
The worst news of the weekend, however, was the poor performance of what is perhaps the best reviewed film of the year, so far. The Raid: Redemption expanded to 880 theaters and only mustered $1 million at the box office. That’s terrible, terrible news for those of you who live in smaller cities and haven’t gotten to see the movie on the big screen yet, as it may never come to a theater near you. If, on the other hand, it’s in your city right now, get to it quickly. It’ll probably be gone by Friday.