Weekend Box Office Roundup (April 13-15)

1. The Hunger Games (1) $21.10 million ($336.67 million) This was a weird week for The Hunger ...

1. The Hunger Games (1)
$21.10 million ($336.67 million)
This was a weird week for The Hunger Games. The film closed out the week by capturing its fourth-straight box office crown, but is also currently looking for a director for its sequel, Catching Fire. Based on The Hunger Games' box office performance so far, I don't think it'll matter who directs the next one — the franchise is box office gold no matter who's directing. It wouldn't be a surprise if The Hunger Games stays at No. 1 until The Avengers knocks it from the top spot in three weeks.

2. The Three Stooges (N)
$17.01 million ($17.01 million)
I got this one completely wrong. I thought for sure that The Three Stooges remake was going to fall flat at the box office. The property obviously has decades of history and fans, but I didn't think that would translate with a new cast and a modern setting. I guess the nyuks transcend the decades.

3. The Cabin in the Woods (N)
$14.74 million ($14.74 million)
Almost $15 million isn't bad for a film that was shot in 2009 and was delayed on numerous occasions over the past few years. Lionsgate is doing what it can to cash in on the Chris Hemsworth wave leading up to The Avengers

4. Titanic 3D (3)
$11.93 million ($44.72 million)
Titanic 3D jumped past American Reunion in its second weekend, dropping less than $6 million from last week. I think this 3D re-release might stick around for a bit. Even today, I was still hearing girls talk about having plans to see it during the upcoming week. Funny how Titanic holds its staying power over a decade later.

5. American Reunion (2)
$10.47 million ($39.71 million)
Through its second weekend, American Reunion is lagging behind its predecessors. By this point, American Pie 2 had already made $87.28 million (the series' second installment actually spent three weeks at No. 1 too). Providing American Reunion becomes profitable (it had a budget of $50 million), it's hard to see it finishing anywhere close to the profitability of the rest of the series.

Next week's predictions:
1. The Hunger Games
2. The Lucky One
3. Think Like a Man
4. The Three Stooges
5. Titanic 3D

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BIll's Top Movies of 2013

Popculturology Editor in Chief Bill Kuchman is keeping a running list of his top movies of the year. If he sees a movie that has a 2013 release date (in theaters or on home media), it gets ranked here.

1. Gravity*
2. American Hustle*
3. The Spectacular Now*
4. The Way, Way Back*
5. The Place Beyond the Pines*
6. All Is Lost*
7. The Wolf of Wall Street*
8. Dallas Buyers Club*
9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty*
10. Captain Phillips*

Didn't make the Top 10:
Prisoners*, Don Jon*, Frozen*, The World's End*, Blue Jasmine*, Saving Mr. Banks*, Lee Daniels' The Butler*, Philomena*, Drinking Buddies, This Is the End*, Monsters University*, Mud*, Iron Man 3*, Star Trek Into Darkness*, Oblivion*, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire*, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug*, Thor the Dark World*, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues*, Elysium*, Pacific Rim*, Man of Steel*, World War Z*, Out of the Furnace*, The Wolverine*, Now You See Me*, 42*, The Great Gatsby*, Spring Breakers*, About Time*, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2*, Warm Bodies*, We're the Millers*, Ender's Game*, The Family*, The Hangover Part III*, Admission*, Kick-Ass 2*, 2 Guns*, White House Down*, Olympus Has Fallen*, Pain & Gain*, Arthur Newman*, Oz the Great and Powerful*, The Bling Ring*, Bad Grandpa*, The Counselor*, Last Vegas*, Side Effects*, G.I. Joe: Retaliation*, The Heat*, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone*, Identity Thief*, Gangster Squad*, Carrie*, Delivery Man*, Riddick*, The Lone Ranger*, Snitch*, Jack the Giant Slayer*

Movie count (as of 1/1): 70
An asterisk denotes a film that was seen in theaters.

It's January, so this list is almost done. Gotta pick up a few final films that got released late in 2013.