"Hunger Games" feeds fan cravings with 2nd box office win

Sun Apr 1, 2012 4:02pm EDT
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By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Filmgoers brought big appetites for "The Hunger Games" to box offices over the weekend as the blockbuster movie added $95.9 million in global ticket sales and pushed the worldwide total since its record-setting debut to $365 million.

The Lions Gate Entertainment movie about teenagers forced into a deadly survival match ranked No. 1 for the second straight weekend on domestic charts. Ticket sales in the United States and Canada reached an estimated $61.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.

At international theaters, "Hunger Games" pulled in $34.8 million over the weekend. The massive worldwide total since the movie's release 10 days ago reached $364.9 million.

The film dropped 60 percent domestically from its huge opening a week ago. The decline is consistent with the performances of other big film franchises such as "Twilight" and "Harry Potter," said David Spitz, executive vice president of domestic distribution for Lions Gate Entertainment.

"That shows the staying power of the film. Word of mouth is clearly taking hold," Spitz said.

The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, opened last weekend with $152.5 million, the third-highest domestic debut and biggest for a non-sequel.

The second-weekend domestic tally ranked seventh-highest among all movies, according to website Box Office Mojo.

Some of the business came from fans coming back for more. Exit polls showed 13 percent of filmgoers this weekend were repeat customers.   Continued...

The Regal Cinemas is seen during the opening night of "The Hunger Games" in Los Angeles, California March 22, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn