March Madness Tops The Voice, Dwts
Monday night may now be regarded as the night when upwards of 25 million viewers tune in at 8 00 to either NBC's The Voice or ABC's Dancing With The Stars. and indeed, the latter show attracted 10.7 million viewers this week, while Dancing pulled in 16.5 million. Nevertheless, those two figures were overshadowed by ratings for CBS's coverage of the NCAA championship game between Kansas and Kentucky. The telecast drew 19.31 million viewers (down from 20.1 million last year) and attracted as many viewers in the key 18-49 age group as The Voice and Dancing combined, according to overnight Nielsen figures.
BOX OFFICE MAKING STRONG RECOVERYWith the second week of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games leading the way with $58.6 million and Warner Bros.' Wrath of the Titans following with $33.5 million, the box office continued to show a strong recovery from last year. According to Box Office Mojo, the total for the weekend came to $148.6 million, up 19 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago, when Hop opened with $37.5 million. For the year to date, overall box office revenue is up 20 percent to $2.62 billion. Attendance is up 22.8 percent.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. The Hunger Games, Lionsgate, $58,551,063, 2 Wks. ($248,483,901); 2. Wrath of the Titans, Warner Bros., $33,457,188, (New); 3. Mirror Mirror , Relativity Media, $18,132,085, (New); 4. 21 Jump Street , Sony, $14,830,066, 3 Wks. ($92,882,690); 5. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Universal, $7,784,645, 5 Wks. ($189,332,445); 6. John Carter , Disney, $2,029,500, 4 Wks. ($66,233,839); 7. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen , CBS Films, $1,272,643, 4 Wks. ($3,169,622); 8. Act of Valor , Relativity Media, $1,001,906, 6 Wks. ($67,745,400); 9. A Thousand Words , Paramount, $902,587, 4 Wks. ($16,508,068); 10. Journey 2 The Mysterious Island , Warner Bros., $810,338, 8 Wks. ($98,455,595).