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The Hunger Games sinks Titanic 3D and American Pie in US

The Hunger Games, Elizabeth Banks

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hunger Games continued its domination of the US box office by comfortably taking the top spot for a third week despite fresh challenges from American Pie: Reunion and Titanic 3D.

The film took a further $33.5 million to bring its US total to $302.8 million, meaning that it jumped the $300 million mark in only 17 days, the fastest time period for any non-summer or non-holiday title.

Its success came at the expense of R-rated comedy American Reunion, which marked the return of the raunchy American Pie franchise to the big screen after a nine year hiatus, and which opened to a still respectable $21.5 million.

American Reunion‘s performance was enough to take second spot for the Easter weekend, while not far behind in third was James Cameron’s 3D makeover of his Oscar-winning Titanic, which earned $17.4 million, putting its five-day debut at $25.7 million.

The film is already the second highest grosser of all-time (behind Cameron’s own Avatar) and executives at Twentieth Century Fox will be delighted with its re-emergence as a box office draw.

And that extended internationally, where Titanic 3D enjoyed a strong $35.5 million from 84 territories, including the UK, thereby giving it a strong shot of ultimately earning $100 million at the foreign box office.

Warner Bros.’ Wrath of the Titans remained the No. 1 film internationally, earning $43 million from 60 markets for a hefty foreign total of $152.8 million, which compensates for its relatively soft US performance.

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