LOS ANGELES, USA (AFP) — Teen action film phenomenon The Hunger Games stayed on top of the North American box office for a second weekend, easily outsmarting Greek gods and Snow White, industry estimates showed yesterday.
The movie, which opened with a record US$152.5 million last weekend, has surged to a total of US$250 million in just 10 days in theatres, Exhibitor Relations said on its website. It made US$60 million this weekend.
Armies of fans have flocked to theatres to see the movie, based on a book for young adults by Suzanne Collins, in which a teenage girl, played by Elizabeth Banks, fights to win a death match TV reality show in a post-apocalyptic world.
In distant second place was new film Wrath of the Titans with US$36 million. In this fantasy sequel to 2010's Clash of the Titans, gods lose control over the imprisoned Titans and Perseus is called upon to save his father Zeus, get rid of the Titans and save mankind.
A contemporary take on the Snow White fairy tale, Mirror Mirror also had a disappointing opening, with US$22 million. Julia Roberts plays an evil queen who seizes control of a kingdom, while its exiled princess Lily Collins seeks the help of seven rebels to regain her realm.
In fourth were the youthful policemen of 1980s remake 21 Jump Street, which pulled in US$15 million for its third weekend in theatres.
The film with underachieving cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, sent on an undercover counternarcotics mission at a high school, had an overall haul of $94 million.