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Box Office Breakdown: Hunger Games Crowned Top Spot Again

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There apparently seems to be no stopping The Hunger Games! The futuristic film featuring teens battling to the death beat out both newcomers The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods, taking in $21 million.

The long-awaited Three Stooges took second place with $17 million while the Joss Whedon-produced horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods pulled in $14 million over the weekend. Titanic 3D was bumped down one spot from last week's number 3 with $11.9 million while American Reunion rounds out the top 5 -- down 3 from last week -- with $10.4 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: American Reunion, Titanic No Match For Hunger Games

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Although lightning may have struck twice at the box office for James Cameron, the same cannot be said of his film Titanic.

The hype surrounding The Hunger Games has been justified, considering the film has now maintained its number 1 position at the box office for three weeks in a row -- this week earning $33.5 million. The latest installment of the American Pie series, American Reunion, took in $21.5 million in its first week while Titanic 3D pulled in $17.4 million in its debut. Action film Wrath of the Titans was bumped down to fourth from its number 2 spot last week with $15 million while the Snow White adaptation Mirror, Mirror is down 2 spots from last week, landing fifth with $11 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Another Victory for The Hunger Games

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As with what seems like any and every young adult novel-turned-film these days, The Hunger Games continues to rake in the cash at the box office, coming out on top again in its second week with $61.1 million.

Apparently more folks are willing to fork over the dough to see teens battling to the death over titan carnage, considering Wrath of the Titans debuted in second with $34.2 million -- nearly half of The Hunger Games' winnings. The Snow White film Mirror, Mirror debuted at third with $19 million while 21 Jump Street was bumped down two spots to fourth with $15 million. Finishing in fifth place with $8 million was Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.

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The Hunger Games Blows Away Competition

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In an unsprising turn of events, the much-anticipated film The Hunger Games has battled its way to the top of the box office this weekend, placing third among all time opening weekends (just behind The Dark Knight) with $152.5 million.

The action film -- based on the young adult novel of the same name -- pushed last week's number one movie, 21 Jump Street, to second place, having earned $21.3 million. The animated film Dr. Seuss' The Lorax came in third with $13.1 million while Disney's John Carter flop managed to take in $5 million, securing the number 4 spot. The NAVY Seal film The Act of Valor hung on to its number 5 spot with $2.1 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Hill-Tatum Bromance Gets the Jump on The Lorax

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It took a few weeks, but a new film has finally pushed The Lorax off its perch at number one: 21 Jump Street.

The reimagined film adaptation of the popular 80's television series of the same name, 21 Jump Street took in $35 million at the box office this weekend, well ahead of the $22.8 million last week's top film -- The Lorax -- earned. Disney's latest live-action film John Carter was bumped back one spot from last week, landing at number 3 with $13.5 million. The party hard film from the folks behind The Hangover, Project X, fell one spot to number 4 with $4 million while Eddie Murphy's A Thousand Words took the fifth spot with $3.8 million in its second week.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Lorax Settles at the Top

The Lorax

When up against a full-length animated adaptation of a Dr. Seuss classic, Project X didn't stand a chance in its debut.

The Lorax -- which features the A-list voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Danny Devito -- took in $70.7 million at the box office this weekend, well over the $20.8 earned by the high school party comedy. The Navy Seal action flick Act of Valor was bumped down to two slots to #3 with $13.7 million while the Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds spy thriller Safe House stayed put at #4 with $7.2 million. Not too far behind #4 was Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, which earned $7 million.

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Ed Helms: I Asked For a Part in The Lorax

The Lorax and Ed HelmsEd Helms says it was "beyond a no-brainer" to sign up for The Lorax.

The Hangover actor asked to be cast in the animated 3-D movie - an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' children's tale of environmental conservation - because he was such a big fan of the book when he was a kid:

"It was beyond a no-brainer - it was something that I actively pursued. I grew up hearing the story of The Lorax frequently. My mom was a huge Dr. Seuss fan and just read all of that stuff to us all of the time. The Lorax was a favorite. When I heard they were gearing up development on The Lorax, I asked for a meeting and if there were any part in the movie where I might just fit in, no matter how big or small."

The 38-year-old actor - who will star alongside Taylor Swift (Audrey), Zac Efron (Ted) and Danny DeVito (Lorax) in the movie - was "floored and insanely excited" when he was eventually told he had one the main parts in the film.

"A couple of months went by and I didn't know what was going on. Then they called with that offer and I was floored and insanely excited," he added in an interview with The Huffington Post.

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