'The Hunger Games' gets major box office success
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'The Hunger Games' gets major box office success

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Apr 16, 2012 at 6:35 AM PDT
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“The Hunger Games” has claimed the top position at the box office for the fourth consecutive weekend, becoming the first film since 2009's "Avatar" to remain No.1 for that long. The fantasy epic collected an additional $21.5 million this past weekend, according to an estimate from Lionsgate.

In the United States and Canada, the movie has earned $337.1 million. Moreover, it has sold $194-million worth of tickets in 60 foreign countries.

"I think a couple of weeks ago, if someone had told us where we'd be, we would have said, 'We'd like to see that number, but it would be a pleasant surprise.' So we're in that pleasant surprise spot at this point," said Richie Fay, head of distribution for Lionsgate, as reported by Yahoo News.

"The Hunger Games" is a 2012 American science fiction action drama film directed by Gary Ross, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. The film is produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray. It features Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland. The film was released on March 21, 2012, in France and other countries and internationally on March 23, 2012, in both conventional theaters and digital IMAX theaters.

On the second and third place this past week were Peter and Bobby Farrelly's "The Three Stooges", which opened to $17.1 million, and the epic horror tale "The Cabin in the Woods", which debuted to $14.9 million, respectively. A smart take on the genre produced and co-written by Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), the long-awaited "Cabin in the Woods" had been one of the films caught up in MGM's bankruptcy, but was finally released by Lionsgate.

On the 100th anniversary of the ship's tragic sinking on April 15, 1912, the 3D version of James Cameron's "Titanic" passed $2 billion mark worldwide. "Titanic" is the second blockbuster to top $2 billion, the first being the sci-fi sensation "Avatar", which took in $2.8 billion.

Another big overseas hit came with Universal's "Battleship", which began with $58 million in 26 countries about five weeks ahead of its U.S. debut on May 18. The action tale featuring Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson is basically inspired by the game of the same name.

“The Hunger Games” added $15 million overseas to bring its international sum to $194 million and its worldwide total to $531 million.

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the premiere of Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games"
Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the premiere of Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games"
Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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