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Like its stealthy protagonist, The Hunger Games knows how to fight its way to victory. The highly anticipated film is now the first movie since 2009's Avatar to hold the no. 1 spot at the box office four weekends in a row.
With an estimated $21.5 million in domestic ticket sales for this past weekend, The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, not only beat new releases The Three Stooges ($17.1 million) and Cabin in the Woods ($14.9 million), but it also ended the two-and-a-half-year drought in long-running no. 1 films.
Lionsgate's first installment of the best-selling young-adult trilogy has grossed a cumulative $337.1 million domestically, edging out Spider-Man 3 for the no. 21 spot (and rising) on the all-time U.S. box office list. The fourth consecutive weekend win is record-making, considering no film released in 2010 or 2011 managed the feat, but the Gary Ross-directed adaptation would need to top the charts a nearly unthinkable 15 weeks to tie with James Cameron's Titanic.
Although it's unclear which director will headline the sequel Catching Fire now that Ross has officially exited the franchise, it's clear the dystopian thriller has set the bar early and high this year for the big-budget summer releases to chase.
While 30 total films have managed to keep the no. 1 spot four weeks, if The Hunger Games can fend off next Friday's wide releases (the romantic drama The Lucky One, the nature documentary Chimpanzee and the Steve Harvey-penned comedy Think Like a Man) it will be only the 10th film to claim the box office for five consecutive weeks.
May the odds be ever in the movie's favor!