"The Hunger Games" devoured "Wrath of the Titans" and "Mirror Mirror" at the box office this weekend. The opening-weekend numbers for the sequel to "Clash of the Titans" and the latest big-screen version of "Snow White" offered little competition to "Games," which made an estimated $61.1 million in North America in its second weekend.
"Wrath of the Titans" opened with just $34.2 million. "Clash of the Titans," a 3-D remake of a 1981 swords-and-shield epic, made nearly double that when it opened two years ago. "Mirror, Mirror" stars Julia Roberts as the evil queen and was #3 at the box office with $19 million.
With its 60 percent drop from its $155 million opening weekend, "The Hunger Games" had the seventh-highest second weekend ever, behind movies like "Avatar" (which starred "Wrath" star Sam Worthington) and "Spider-Man." By most reports "Games" is on track to make at least $350 million domestically. Three "Harry Potter" films and only one "Twilight" entry passed the $300 million mark in the U.S.
"Wrath" had already booked IMAX theaters in advance, which means "The Hunger Games" was only able to play in the pricier format for one week. "Clash of the Titans" premiered over the Easter holiday two years ago and did most of its business overseas. "Wrath" made $78 million in 60 foreign markets. Both movies were slammed by critics: "Wrath" sat at 25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer at press time; "Clash" at 28 percent.
"Mirror, Mirror" features Lily Collins as Snow White in what's mostly a comedic take on the classic fairy tale. According to Relativity Media, 60 percent of the "Mirror, Mirror" audience were families with children under 12, and 70 percent of those children were girls. Some estimates put the film's budget as high as $100 million. The much more serious "Snow White and the Huntsman" (starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White) is set to be released in June.
"21 Jump Street" was #4 at the box office and seems likely to join the $100 million club next week. The comedic take on the late '80s TV drama about a group of cops who go undercover in high schools dropped just 27 percent to $15 million. The movie has made $93.1 million so far and enjoyed positive reviews from critics. "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" rounded out the top five at the box office with $8 million in its fifth weekend. "Lorax" has made $189.6 million domestically.
The documentary "Bully," which enjoyed a surge of press thanks to the Weinstein Company's decision to release the film unrated, opened in five theaters with a strong per-theater average of $23,000.
This week will see the 3-D re-release of "Titanic" in theaters, doing battle with the fourth theatrically released "American Pie" movie, "American Reunion." Willem Dafoe's "The Hunter" will open in limited release, alongside horror flicks "ATM" and "Detention."
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