By David GermainLOS ANGELES -- The Hunger Games is still the first item on the menu for movie fans, taking in $61.1 million to remain the No. 1 film in its second weekend. Studio estimates Sunday put Lionsgate's ( LGF) The Hunger Games well ahead of Sam Worthington's action sequel Wrath of the Titans, which opened in second-place with $34.2 million.
Likewise, Wrath of the Titans should hold up better than Clash over Easter and the following weeks, Fellman said. "We're going to get there. It's just going to be in a different pattern," Fellman said. The sequel stars Worthington as ancient Greek hero Perseus in a battle of gods and men, including Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades. The Hunger Games added $34.8 million overseas to raise its international total to $113.9 million and its worldwide haul to about $365 million. While lagging behind the overseas business of such teen-based literary adaptations as the Harry Potter and Twilight movies, The Hunger Games is on a pace to surpass the domestic revenues of nearly all of those films. The Hunger Games is headed well above $300 million domestically, a level reached by just three of the eight Harry Potter films and only once by any of the Twilight flicks. In limited release, the Weinstein Co. documentary Bully opened strongly with $115,000 in five theaters, a healthy result for a non-fiction film. An examination of school bullying, the film benefited from publicity over a campaign asking the Motion Picture Association of America to lower it from an R rating so that youths under 17 could see it without an adult. Unable to secure a lower rating, Weinstein decided to release Bully unrated. The film earned the R rating for language, and filmmaker Lee Hirsch said he declined to edit out the offending words because it would have diminished the documentary's impact. Hollywood's bull market continued, with audiences continuing their run on theaters. Overall domestic revenues totaled $154 million, up 23.5% from the same weekend last year, when Hop led with $37.5 million. For the year, domestic receipts are at $2.6 billion, 20% ahead of 2011's, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. By far the biggest movie to open outside the busy summer and late-year holiday periods and the biggest non-sequel debut ever, The Hunger Games alone has given the industry a huge prelude to the blockbuster season that hits its stride in early May. "If this were a summer movie, these would still be impressive numbers," said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "Usually, you'll see sequels in a big franchise like this getting bigger and bigger, but this movie right out of the gate has already become one of the biggest blockbusters of all time."