LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- "The Hunger Games" won the top U.S. box office spot for the third weekend in a row with $33.5 million in receipts.
"Games" stars Jennifer Lawrence and an ensemble cast.
"American Reunion," with Jason Biggs and the rest of the "American Pie" gang, was second with $21.5 million.
All studio estimates of gross U.S. box office receipts are via Box Office Mojo.
"Titanic 3D" was third with $17.35 million; "Wrath of the Titans" fourth with $15.01 million; "Mirror Mirror" fifth with $11 million; "21 Jump Street " sixth with $10.2 million; "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" seventh with $5 million; "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" eighth with $975,000; and "John Carter" ninth with $820,000.
"Safe House" was tenth with $581,000.
Israeli opera shuns Wagner
TEL AVIV, Israel, April 8 (UPI) -- The director of the Israeli Opera says she has asked an English-based Israeli choreographer to excise a portion of a Wagner opera from her Tel Aviv show.
Israeli Opera Director Hanna Munitz has asked Jasmin Vardimon, who established her dance company in London in 1997, to remove and replace the overture of Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser" from the opening of her show, "7734" with a different musical piece, Haaretz reported.
Israel has boycotted Wagner's music because of the composer's anti-Semitism and his descendants' complicity with Nazism during World War II..
"After I was invited to perform in Israel I was told that I wouldn't be able to include the Wagner piece," Vardimon told Haaretz. "I debated the issue for a long time, and consulted many people whose opinions I appreciate. I've decided to do it out of respect for the Israeli audience."
Munitz said in 1998 she opened debate to find out whether Israelis would be open to hearing Wagner's music.
"People cried and wept," Munitz said. "The debate was the most emotionally charged event I've ever attended. I then decided that, as long as I'm in this job, it won't happen. I'm not here to inflict misery on anyone."
"The fact that the issue came up highlights the relationship between art and politics, which is a central theme of my work," Vardimon said. "I have considered other 'authorized' Nazi composers, like Carl Orff and [Richard] Strauss, whose music is played in Israel, but have yet to find the right replacement."
Vardimon's show is set to open May 24.
TV producer shops show about Hasidim
NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. TV producer says he is shopping around a docudrama based on the lives of three Hasidic Jews who abandon their Orthodox practices for secular lives.
Noah Sheinmann of No Regrets Entertainments, one of the executive producers of "Shunned," said divorce will be a key theme of the series, the New York Post reported.
All three married cast members met their partners through arranged marriages and they're all either divorced or going through the process.
Pearlperry Reich, one of the cast, said she wanted to join the show to give a face to the usually faceless -- and to kick start a modeling and/or acting career.
"My main purpose is to create a positive Judaism," Reich, 30, said. "And it would be a really good opportunity for me to get my face out there."
Shauli Grossman, 24, Reich's boyfriend, said his attachment with the project was motivated to educate Orthodox teens, the Post said.
"There are a lot of people [for whom] this lifestyle is not a choice, and they would die to leave," Grossman said. "We're married off at 17 or 18 before we even know what we want."
Reality shows come to Animal Planet
SILVER SPRING, Md., April 8 (UPI) -- Discovery Communication said it is expanding its slate of reality shows into the Animal Planet network with two fishing-themed series for the 2012-13 season.
Unnamed Animal Planet executives said their competition series "Top Hooker" will set two teams of 10 expert fishers in head-to-head challenges. And in "Fish America," pro wrestler Eric Young goes around the United States hand fishing with other competitors, broadcastingandcable.com reported Thursday.
Other new programming on the Animal Planet slate includes "Polar Bear Family and Me," "The Afterlife: Elephant," "The Afterlife: Hippo," "Rhino Wars," "Wild Arabia" and "Wild Hawaii," the Web site said.
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