Hey, you know all that money we made? These District 12 dicks ain't getting a penny of it.
There's little enough to say about The Hunger Games' $154 million dollar opening weekend that hasn't already been said a million times around the internet in the last day or so. It's the third-biggest opening weekend ever, behind The Dark Knight ($158.5m) and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II ($169.2m), beating out all of the Twilight movies as well as the "holy shit we should be ashamed of ourselves as a country" opening of Spider-Man 3, now relegated to fourth place on the all-time list.
I wish I could've spent more time on the review of The Hunger Games, as I struggled mightily with it on Friday. It's a movie that made me think quite a bit, but that's mostly because I had taken the time to read the book beforehand. It's a weird thing; as a film it's not quite enough to stand on its own, but taken as a single entity with the movie, it's enough to make you think quite a bit about the irony of its own existence. I'm not cogent enough to think about it now (I'm in my cups), but for the moment, let's congratulate the marketing team at Lions Gate for making a shitload of money.
|1. The Hunger Games|
$153.6 million / New
My madcap plan to make millions now goes something like this: write hugely popular young adult novels, wait for Hollywood to call, take their money, win.
|2. 21 Jump Street|
$20.4 million / $70.2m Total
This will wind up being a weird kind of lacuna in Screened's review history. Is it good? Is it bad? I don't know. Do you know? Who knows?
|3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax|
$13.0 million / $177.3m Total
Want to make sure your kids know that trees are good and you shouldn't chop them all down? Hey, maybe you should take them aside and tell them that rather than taking them to a movie that got marketing dollars from a company selling an SUV.
|4. John Carter|
$5.0 million / $62.4m Total
Andrew Stanton, you've made the biggest bomb in movie history! What are you going to do next? Oh, and before you answer, you've been banned from Disneyland.
|5. Act of Valor|
$2.0 million / $65.9m Total
I saw a poster for this at a military recruiting place. Says all you need to know, I guess.
|6. A Thousand Words|
$1.9 million / $14.9m Total
This will not wind up being a lacuna in Screened's review history, because we never intended to subject ourselves to it.
|7. Project X|
$1.9 million / $51.7m
The latest made-for-nothing film that makes a lot of money. Hollywood will never run away from stuff like John Carter and The Hunger Games, but let's hope that there's some room for more low-budget films in the mainstream releases in the future.
|8. October Baby|
$1.7 million / New
This pro-life film is about not getting abortions because your daughters might grow up and wonder about who you are. Or something. I don't know. I don't want to think about it. Or write about it.
|9. Safe House|
$1.4 million / $122.5m Total
This has an outside shot at beating American Gangster ($130.1 million) as Denzel's biggest-grossing domestic film ever, but it seems unlikely to do so. Still, an impressive number for a movie that came out almost two months ago.
|10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island|
$1.3 million / $97.1m Total
This'll get to $100 million, come hell or high water, which is a decent match with what its predecessor did. I don't want to think about these movies either, though.