The Hunger Games held off competition from Sam Worthington and Julia Roberts and retained the top spot at the box office. The Jennifer Lawrence starrer grossed $61.1 million over the weekend, a number that ups its cume to a fantastic $251 million. The production budget for the film is a reported $78 million, so this is a major success for Lionsgate, especially considering that The Hunger Games has crossed $364 million worldwide.

Sam Worthington’s second clash with the titans debuted to disappointing results in second place. Wrath of the Titans should see out the weekend with $34.2 million, a far cry from the $61 million that Clash of the Titans banked in 2010 – that film went on to gross $163 million at the domestic box office and another $330 million in foreign markets. Jonathan Liebesman called the shots on the $150 million sequel, with most reviews (read ours) indicating that it is an improvement on its predecessor. Domestically the film won’t hit the heights of its predecessor, but it should score the bulk of its green around the world – it has already done over $112 million globally.

Julia Roberts’ turn in Mirror Mirror failed to find much of an audience, scoring a mediocre $19 million. The $85 million fairy tale’s launch was a far cry from the $116 million that Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland had in 2010 and Mirror Mirror’s debut was also below the $32 million that Immortals banked on its debut. That was the last feature from visualist director Tarsem, but Mirror Mirror (read our review) has the potential to have legs – if mothers and daughters decide to show up in the coming weeks.

21 Jump Street grossed another $15 million and brought its cume to just under $93 million. The century mark is now a certainty, giving the $48 million film a solid profit.

Fellow hold-over hit The Lorax scored another $8 million, bringing its total to over $189 million. The film will now cross $200 million at the domestic box office in the coming weeks – meaning that the $70 million outlay by Universal Pictures was a worthwhile investment.

Disney bomb John Carter banked $2 million, upping its cume to just over $66 million. The $250 million film has just about covered its production budget globally, but it still won’t turn a profit.

Director Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing In Yemen cracked the top ten, despite playing in less than 500 locations. Ewan McGregor stars in the film which grossed $1.2 million over the weekend, taking its gross to $3.1 million, a number which should swell in the coming weeks.

Actioner Act Of Valor shot up another $1 million and raised its gross to $68 million, while Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words brought in just under $1 million for a $16.5 million cume.

Dwayne Johnson’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island brought in just over $800,000 a number which brings its total to $98.4 million.

Source: Box Office Mojo