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Over the holiday weekend, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games trounced the competition once again, this time beating out the latest in the American Pie series and the 3D re-release of Titanic. The weekend haul of $33.5 million beat out American Reunion‘s $21.5 million and Titanic‘s $17.350 million. This marks the third week in a row that the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel held the top spot. Since its March 23 release, the film has grossed nearly $303 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. International receipts push that figure past $460 million.
Plenty of new films have tried to knock down the reigning champ, but it hasn’t happened yet. The previous weekend offered up the epic action sequel Wrath of the Titans as well as the fairy tale comedy Mirror Mirror. They came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in their second weekends, earning just $15 million and $10 million each.
Even with its recent dominance, The Hunger Games’ numbers have been going down exponentially each week. This weekend might just see someone else in the top spot. Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s genre mash-up The Cabin in the Woods might take away some of the geek viewers, and the dark horse space-prison adventure Lockout might put a dent in the others, thanks to a pretty heavy advertising campaign the last few weeks. Who will win? What will you be seeing this weekend?