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'Hunger Games' comes out on top of competition

LOS 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 "The Hunger Games" well ahead of Sam Worthington's action sequel "Wrath of the Titans," which opened in second-place with $34.2 million.

That's far below the $61.2 million opening of its predecessor, "Clash of the Titans," two years ago. But distributor Warner Bros. opened "Clash" on Easter weekend, when young fans already were off school and in holiday mode.

"Mirror Mirror," Julia Roberts' comic reinvention of "Snow White," debuted at No. 3 with $19 million. Released by Relativity Media, the film casts Roberts as the wicked queen opposite Lily Collins as Snow White.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to compete in a televised death match, "The Hunger Games" lifted its domestic total to $251 million after just 10 days.

"The Hunger Games" shot past "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax" ($189.6 million domestically) to become the top-grossing film this year.

"Wrath of the Titans" was the top draw overseas with a debut of $78 million in 60 markets. That gave it a worldwide total of $112.2 million.

Following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released today.

1. "The Hunger Games," $61.1 million.

2. "Wrath of the Titans," $34.2 million.

3. "Mirror Mirror," $19 million.

4. "21 Jump Street," $15 million.

5. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," $8 million.

6. "John Carter," $2 million.

7. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," $1.3 million.

8. "Act of Valor," $1 million.

9. "A Thousand Words," $915,000.

10. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $835,000.


Small-business session set

The second "Survive and Thrive: Essentials for Starting Your Own Small Business" workshop will be offered April 11 at the Burchfield Penney Art Museum on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

The Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center charges $20 for the workshop, and the fee is waived for Buffalo State faculty, staff, students, alumni and U.S. military veterans.

The workshop covers creating a business plan, evaluating competition, understanding financial, tax and legal issues and business insurance. For more information, call (716) 878-4030.


BEAM seeking applicants

Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities is accepting applications for its summer program.

The program prepares students for engineering careers through a non-profit network of teachers and industry professionals. Classes begin June 5 and are held five days a week for a one-, four- or five-week period.

Classes and locations are determined by the student's age and will be held at Daemen College, Erie Community College, Buffalo State College, Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.

Middle and high school students in grades 7 through 11 should apply by June 4. There is no cost to students. For more information, visit or call 645-3066.


This week in business

These are the business and economic events scheduled for this week.

Today -- The Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for March. The Commerce Department releases construction spending for February.

Tuesday -- The Commerce Department releases factory orders for February.

Wednesday -- The Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for March.

Thursday -- The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims.

Friday -- The Labor Department releases employment data for March. The Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for February.