'Hunger Games' box office king for second week

2 April 2012
Teen action film phenomenon "The Hunger Games" stayed on top of the North American box office for a second weekend
Teen action film phenomenon "The Hunger Games" stayed on top of the North American box office for a second weekend, easily besting tales of Greek gods and Snow White, industry data showed Monday

Teen action film phenomenon "The Hunger Games" stayed on top of the North American box office for a second weekend, easily besting tales of Greek gods and Snow White, industry data showed Monday.

The movie, which opened with a record $152.5 million last weekend, has surged to a total of nearly $250 million in just 10 days in theaters, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. It made $58.6 million this weekend.

Armies of fans have flocked to see the movie, based on a book by Suzanne Collins, in which a teenage girl played by Jennifer Lawrence fights to win a death match TV reality show featuring children in a post-apocalyptic world.

In distant second place was "Wrath of the Titans," with $33.5 million. In the fantasy sequel to 2010's "Clash of the Titans," the gods lose control over the imprisoned Titans, and Perseus is called upon to save mankind.

"Mirror, Mirror," a modern take on Snow White starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, also had a relatively modest debut, taking in $18.1 million for third place.

In fourth were the youthful policemen of "21 Jump Street," a big screen adaptation of the 1980s TV series, which pulled in $14.8 million for its third weekend in theaters.

The film, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as underachieving cops sent on an undercover counternarcotics mission at a high school, so far has an overall haul of nearly $93 million.

Fifth was the animated film "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" with a $7.8 million weekend take and nearly $190 million in the bank after four weekends on the big screen.

The Disney critical flop -- and huge loss-maker -- "John Carter" came in sixth, with just over $2 million in its fifth weekend in theaters.

The film about an ex-Civil War soldier magically transported to Mars is based on books by "Tarzan" author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Disney expects to lose $200 million on the movie in its second fiscal quarter.

New release "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," Lasse Hallstrom's feature about a fisheries expert's bid to bring the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, grabbed $1.3 million to land in seventh.

In eighth came "Act of Valor," a war film starring active duty US Navy SEALs, with $1 million in receipts.

Eddie Murphy comedy "A Thousand Words" came in ninth after snatching $900,000, while rounding out the top 10 was "Journey 2: the Mysterious Island" on $810,000.