Box Office: "The Hunger Games" Chews Up the Competition

Posted Sunday March 25, 2012 8:54 AM GMT

Taking over theaters in the most dominant fashion, "The Hunger Games" has put up huge numbers en route to landing the top spot at the box office over the weekend of March 23-25, 2012.

The Jennifer Lawrence starring Sci-Fi/Action/Drama film based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling book had theatergoers waiting in long lines while raking in $19.75 million during midnight showings and an estimated $68 million more on Friday and another $51 million on Saturday while projected to wind up with a whopping $155 million weekend total - the third highest three-day opener ever!

Along with the big earnings, "The Hunger Games" was doted with rave reviews from those who saw it in the States, as audiences gave the movie an "A" CinemaScore while the teens/tweens grouping rated it with the highest possible grade of an "A+".

Getting knocked from it's top-placing perch, "21 Jump Street" dropped to runner-up status, as the reboot of the classic TV series starring the comedic duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill garnered $6.2 million on Friday and $8.6 million on Saturday while en route to forecasted second weekend earnings of $21.3 million.

Rounding out the top five at the box office in estimated totals are the animated Dr. Seuss tale "The Lorax" ($13.1 million), followed by the Taylor Kitsch starring Disney disappointment "John Carter" ($5 million) and the Navy SEALs based movie "Act of Valor" ($2 million).