'Hunger Games' scores Easter feast with $33.5M

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(AP) – Film fans are still forking over for “The Hunger Games,” which took in $33.5 million to lead the box office for a third-straight weekend.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” raised its domestic total to $302.8 million. It easily out-earned two returning favorites, Universal’s “American Pie” sequel “American Reunion” and a 3-D version of the blockbuster “Titanic,” released domestically by Paramount and overseas by 20th Century Fox.

Both newcomers opened solidly, though. “American Reunion” pulled in $21.5 million, the lowest haul since the 1999 original but still a decent return for a comedy franchise whose last big-screen chapter came nine years ago.

“Titanic” in 3-D reeled in $17.4 million over the weekend, raising its domestic take to $25.7 million since opening Wednesday. That lifts the lifetime domestic gross of James Cameron’s mega-hit to $626.5 million.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to fight other youths in a televised death match, “The Hunger Games” now has topped the domestic gross of each of the “Twilight” movies and all but the first and last of the “Harry Potter” films.

With $25.5 million overseas, “The Hunger Games” raised its international total to $157.1 million. That put its worldwide take at about $460 million.

“The Hunger Games” has helped studios race to a record box-office pace, with domestic revenues for the year now at $2.8 billion, up 20 percent from 2011’s, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

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