Claiming the top spot for three weeks in a row, the Gary Ross-directed film defeats newcomers 'Reunion' and 'Titanic' re-release which open on the second and third places respectively.
"The Hunger Games" continues its victorious run on the North American box office. Defending its champion title for three weeks in a row, the famous novel-adapted movie rakes in $33.1 million this weekend. Dropping only 43% from last week, the survival sci-fi pic collects a total domestic cume of $302.8 million in only 17 days after being released in the U.S. theaters.
Landing on the runner-up spot is "American Reunion", which takes in $21.5 million on its opening weekend. The latest movie of the "American Pie" series scores a "B+" CinemaScore, while attracting mostly older moviegoers which make up 60% of the ticket buyers.
Though "Reunion", which is made with a budget of $50 million, marks the smallest opening in the "Pie" franchise, Universal Pictures is satisfied enough with the result. The studio's president of domestic distribution Nikki Rocco says, "We're very happy with the worldwide result for 'American Reunion'. Based on the cost, this is going to be a very successful endeavor for Universal."
Another newcomer this week is the 3D re-release of phenomenal 1997 film "Titanic". Opening on the third place, the James Cameron movie collects $17.2 million. The result, however, is smaller than recent 3D re-release movies, such as "The Lion King" 3D ($30.2 million), "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" 3D ($22.5 million), and "Beauty and the Beast (1991)" 3D (17.8 million).
Megan Colligan, Paramount Pictures president of domestic distribution, hopes that "Titanic" 3D could raise its grossing from good word of mouth. "There's something very special about seeing it again on the big screen," says Colligan. "It's an experience."
Greek myth epic "Wrath of the Titans" drops to the fourth place this weekend. Falling 55% from last week, the $150 million fantasy film collects $14.7 million for a total cume of $58.8 million after two weeks playing in cinemas. So far, the film couldn't best its predecessor, 2010's "Clash of the Titans", which bagged $110.2 million in only 10 days.
Rounding up the top five is Tarsem Singh's Snow White film "Mirror Mirror" which grabs $11 million, dropping a mild 39% from last week. On its second weekend, the family movie takes in a total domestic cume of $36.4 million, which still doesn't match its $85 million budget.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for April 6-8:
- "The Hunger Games" - $33.1 million
- "American Reunion" - $21.5 million
- "Titanic" 3D - $17.2 million
- "Wrath of the Titans" - $15.7 million
- "Mirror Mirror" - $11 million
- "21 Jump Street" - $10 million
- "The Lorax" - $5 million
- "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" - $992,000
- "Housefull 2" - $847,000
- "John Carter" - $830,000