The Host Not So Heavenly at the Easter Weekend Box Office

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boxoffice - The Host Not So Heavenly at the Easter Weekend Box OfficeIf Open Road was thinking it had the next Twilight on its hands with The Host, also written by Stephenie Meyer, it had better think again. The film had a disappointing $11 million, 6th place debut, a sure sign that it’s not the next hot young adult franchise everyone is scrambling to find.

Per Box Office Mojo, The Host‘s opening is about on par with what Beautiful Creatures grossed over its initial five-day holiday weekend run last month but is obviously a fraction of the first Twilight movie’s $69.6 million start. The audience was 78 percent female and 61 percent under the age of 25 (a bit younger than Twilight‘s typical crowd). They awarded the movie a “B-” CinemaScore, which pretty much ensures that word-of-mouth won’t improve things for the film, which we expect to drop out of theatres pretty quickly. Thankfully, it’s the last of its breed until August, when Sony releases The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Read our The Host review here!

As for the remaining genre stragglers peppering the Top 10 this weekend who battled it out with #1 and #2 offerings G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods, respectively, we had Oz: The Great and Powerful at #5 with $11.6 million (it’s total is now close to $200 million) and The Call at #7 with $4.8 million (just about $40 million total).

Next weekend is all about Evil Dead… will horror fans support the one remake we’ve seen in ages that’s actually worthy of a box office win, or will they opt for that other blast from the past opening April 5th, Jurassic Park 3D? Check back on Sunday for the results!

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Written by Steve Barton

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  1. Sadly, I fear that we’re just seeing the first wave of these by-the-numbers YA fantasy adaptations. I’m an English major, and in my senior-level creative writing seminar, half the students read Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, and many others and try to emulate them. It’s really very frightening to see that 21- and 22-year-old college English majors are reading this stuff, instead of the tweeny-boppers and bored housewives I had always associated with it.

    In my class, one girl is working on a novel about a young girl who accompanies Hera on a quest to prevent the Olympian Gods from warring with humanity. Another is writing a book about a weak-minded young girl who is deathly afraid of water and hopes that meeting a boy will cure her, until she turns 13 and develops magic water powers.

    So get ready, because in a couple of years we’ll start seeing the effect these books have really had as the children who grew up reading them start trying to publish their own work.

  2. Is it just me or outside of ‘The Hunger Games’ every attempt at making a new franchise based on young adult novels to follow up Harry Potter and Twilight has sputter coughed and died?

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