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The Hunger Games remains top in US ahead of Wrath and Mirror Mirror

The Hunger Games

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hunger Games has remained on top of the US box office with a healthy $61.1 million, easily beating new releases Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror, which both under-performed.

The whopping second week figures for The Hunger Games means that the film has now taken $251 million in the US alone, meaning that the Lionsgate success story is the fastest non-sequel to cross the $250 million threshold in only 10 days.

The continued success of The Hunger Games came at the expense of two new high profile releases.

Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to Clash of the Titans, mustered $34.2 million, compared to $61.2 million for the original, while Mirror Mirror hit $19 million despite the presence of Julia Roberts.

Going into the weekend, Warner Bros had anticipated that Wrath wouldn’t match Clash of the Titans‘ debut, given that the first film had opened on Good Friday, a holiday. But they were anticipating a figure more in the region of $35 million to $40 million.

Mirror Mirror, meanwhile, was expected to open in the low- to mid-$20 million range, but instead finished the weekend with $19 million.

The movie, starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Lily Collins as Snow White and Armie Hammer as the prince charming, was directed by Tarsem Singh and is the first of two high-profile Snow White movies opening this year.

But while this one plays to the family, Snow White & The Huntsman promises to be more for grown-ups and stars Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.

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