'The Hunger Games' holds on to the top spot at the box office with $61.1 million
"The Hunger Games" continued its winning streak over the weekend in its second week of release. The film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, earned an estimated $61.1 million, according to the Associated Press.
The film set a record the previous week when it debuted with $155 million and claimed the spot for the third highest grossing weekend ever, behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" which earned $169.2 million and "The Dark Knight" which grossed $158.4 million.
In the film, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who lives in a post-apocalyptic future where a boy and girl from various districts are chosen and taken to a massive area where they must survive and fight to death. This annual event, dubbed The Hunger Games, takes place in front of cameras, who broadcast their every move to viewers.
"The Hunger Games" is an adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz.
With its second week gross, "The Hunger Games" lifted its domestic total to $251 million after just 10 days.
In second place is the 3D action sequel "Wrath of the Titans," with $34.2 million. The film's box office debut fell below the $61.2 million opening of its predecessor, "Clash of the Titans." Both films star Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson. Worthington plays Perseus, who braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus (Neeson), captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.
Julia Roberts' evil comedic turn in the "Snow White" retelling called "Mirror Mirror" debuted in third place with $19 million.
In fourth place is the comedy "21 Jump Street" with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The movie took in an additional $15 million in its third weekend of release and has earned a total of $93 million domestically so far.
"Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," has been holding strong at the box office for five weeks. The family animated film landed in fifth place for the weekend earning an additional $8 million for a domestic box office total of $189 million.