LOS ANGELES, April 8 (Xinhua) -- "The Hunger Games" easily fends off a pair of new films, 3-D re-release of "Titanic" and Universal's comedy "American Reunion" to remain on top of the North America box office for three weekends in a row.
The Lionsgate sci-fi actioner is estimated to gross 33.5 million U.S. dollars over the weekend, a 43 percent slide from last weekend, but good enough to up its cumulative gross to 302.8 million dollars. As industry observers put it, excellent word-of- mouth and an outburst of Easter holiday audiences helped the PG-13 Suzanne Collins' adaptation remain top-notch during the box office derby.
The fourth movie in the box-office hit "American Pie" film series, "American Reunion" opened to 21.5 million dollars, well in line with Universal's pre-release estimates, but considerably fewer than the last installment, "American Wedding," opening with 33 million dollars. The R-rated comedy, which took 50 million dollars to produce, stars an original cast after a nine-year absence which draws many moviegoers who are familiar with the raunchy teen comedy series. Those who have seen the film liked it, and gave it an average CinemaScore grade of "B+". Many of the weekend audiences were adults, with 61 percent of them was over the age of 25.
The original comedy "American Pie" debuted in July 9, 1999, and became an instant worldwide pop culture phenomenon. The film and two subsequent sequels including "American Pie 2" and "American Wedding" all grossed more than 200 million dollars each worldwide.
Debuting in 2,674 theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday, a 3-D version of James Cameron's 1997 historic epic "Titanic" fetched only 17.4 million dollars over the weekend, putting its five-day total to 25.7 million dollars. The movie took 18 million dollars to convert it from 2-D to 3-D, and the cost was shared by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox. The revamped film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet received an "A" CinemaScore rating from those who have seen it.
Rounding out the top 10 most-popular movies in North America this weekend were "Wrath Of The Titans," (15 million dollars), " Mirror Mirror" (11 million dollars), "Jump Street" (10.2 million dollars), "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" (5 million dollars), "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" (975,000 dollars), "John Carter" (820,000 dollars), and "Safe House" (580,810 dollars).