Hunger Games sequel takes another bite out of rivals

Action sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is enjoying a second week at the top of the U.K. box office after netting £8.3 million (£5.5 million) over the weekend (29Nov13-01Dec13). The hit movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, held off new releases Free Birds, Saving Mr. Banks, and Carrie, as well as sci-fi blockbuster Gravity, to remain in top spot.
Gravity retained second place, with takings of $2.5 million (£1.7 million), and animated movie Free Birds debuted at number three, with $1.6 million (£1.04 million).
Saving Mr. Banks, which tells of a writer’s efforts to get her novel Mary Poppins made into a Disney movie, took fourth place, with £1.1 million (£795,000) in ticket sales, and the top five was rounded out by horror remake Carrie, which netted just $993,000 (£662,000).