'Hunger Games' loses top N. America box office spot

Published Apr 24, 2012 07:03am

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Jennifer Lawrence stars as 'Katniss Everdeen' in "The Hunger Games." -File Photo

LOS ANGELES: Smash hit “The Hunger Games” finally lost its position atop the North American box office, as debut rom-com “Think Like A Man” stormed to the number one slot, final figures showed Monday.

“Think Like A Man,” an ensemble film based on Steve Harvey's best-selling book that earned mediocre reviews, made $33.6 million in its opening weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

In second place was another debut date movie, romantic drama “The Lucky One,” an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book starring teen heartthrob Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, which made $22.5 million in its opening days.

Falling to the third spot was the action film blockbuster “Hunger Games”starring Jennifer Lawrence, with just $14.7 million this week but a whopping

$357.1 million total over its five-week release.

Legions of fans have flocked to see the movie, based on a book by Suzanne Collins, in which a teenage girl played by Lawrence fights to win a death match/television reality show featuring children in a post-apocalyptic world.

In fourth was another debut, “Chimpanzee,” a true-life, child-friendly adventure tale of a special chimp that brought in $10.7 million.

It came just ahead of fifth place finisher “The Three Stooges,” in its second week. The Farrelly brothers' tribute to the US comedy trio brought in $9.8 million.

Sixth position went to the much-hyped horror spoof “The Cabin in the Woods,” with $8 million. It was written and produced by “Avengers” director Joss Whedon.

“American Reunion” — the latest sequel to the 1999 hit “American Pie” — came in seventh with $5.5 million during its third weekend in theaters.

In eighth place with a $5 million take was the 3D-enhanced re-release of 1997's “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, which coincides with this month's 100th anniversary of the liner's sinking.

Next came “21 Jump Street,” a reboot of the 1980s TV series, which took in $4.8 million for ninth place.

It was followed by a remake of the fable Snow White, “Mirror Mirror”starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen, scoring $4.4 million to round out the top 10.

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