Box Office Battle This Weekend: 'Titans' vs. 'Games'
Along with the hit film "The Hunger Games," here's a sneak peek at what's opening in theaters this weekend, including the epic mythological sequel "Wrath of the Titans," and the family Snow White comedy "Mirror Mirror," starring Julia Roberts.
The blockbuster "The Hunger Games" led Friday's box office with $18.9 million, which should lead to a three-day gross above $60 million and an easy weekend win.
In Theaters Now (March 2012)
'The Hunger Games' (March 23)
Who: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland; directed by Gary RossWhat: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the 12 districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.
'Wrath of the Titans" (March 30)
Who: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Toby Kebbell; directed by Jonathan LiebesmanWhat: Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by Zeus' son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.
'Mirror Mirror' (March 30)
Who: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane; directed by Tarsem SinghWhat: In a tongue-in-cheek family friendly version of the classic Snow White fairytale, an evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
'21 Jump Street' (March 16)
Who: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Dave Franco; directed by Phil Lord and Chris MillerWhat: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
'John Carter' (March 9)
Who: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong; directed by Andrew StantonWhat: Transplanted to Mars via time travel, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
'Silent House' (March 9)
Who: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens; directed by Chris Kentis andLaura LauWhat: Trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat, a young woman finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house.
'A Thousand Words' (March 9)
Who: Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis; directed by Brian RobbinsWhat: After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word we speak.
'Friends with Kids' (March 9)
Who: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd; directed by Jennifer WestfeldtWhat: Two best friends (Westfeldt and Scott) decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.
'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' (March 2)
Who: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Danny DeVito, Betty WhiteWhat: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect the forest.
'Project X' (March 2)
Who: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Alexis Knapp, Kirby Bliss Blanton; directed by Nima NourizadehWhat: Three high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.
'Being Flynn' (March 2)
Who: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby; directed by Paul WeitzWhat: Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.