Would it be lazy to open this edition of the Weekend Box Office Report with some kind of joke about the wily huntress Katniss Everdeen besting the mighty demigod Perseus in a battle to the death? Possibly. Probably. Still, the numbers don't lie: 'The Hunger Games' made $61 million dollars over the weekend, bringing its two week total to just over $250 million. That sophomore week gross is almost identical to what 'Clash of the Titans' debuted to back in 2010, making 'Wrath of the Titans'' $34 million opening look all the more embarrassing.
First there were planet-killing asteroids. Then there was Truman Capote. Now it is Snow White that gets the two-movies in one treatment.
Whereas the forthcoming 'Snow White and the Huntsman' looks like it is striving for straight-up adventure fantasy in a neo-Tolkein vein, 'Mirror, Mirror' tries for family-friendly camp that's heavy on production design and sly corpsing. It almost works.