Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scores the fourth-highest domestic opening of all time with its smash hit, earning $161.1 million in three-days, bumping “Thor: The Dark World” from the No. 1 spot.
The sequel grossed an impressive $307.7 million worldwide from 65 territories, which makes it the 12th-largest worldwide debut ever, beating the original title which made $152.5 million during opening weekend in March 2011. The new film also sets an all-time November record and also becomes 2013’s second-biggest debut, behind the superhero sequel “Iron Man 3” which grossed $174.1 million in May.
The film was made with a budget of $130 million, plus about $55 million that were spent on a broadly aimed marketing campaign. Most Hollywood critics were expecting the film to top out at around $140 million in the opening three days, but it really brought in better than usual Friday-to-Saturday uptick, racking 16% more than expected earnings.
‘Catching Fire’ got an 89 percent positive rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website, and also earned an “A” grade in polling by CinemaScore, which indicates propelling sales in the coming weeks. The senior box office analyst, Jeff Bock, is expecting the film to hit more than $500 million worldwide.
The final domestic figures as released today are as follows:
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (1 weeks) – $161.1 million
- Thor: The Dark World (3 weeks) – $14.1 million
- The Best Man Holiday (2 weeks) – $12.5 million
- Delivery Man (1 weeks) – $8.2 million
- Free Birds (4 weeks) – $5.3 million
- Last Vegas (4 weeks) – $4.4 million
- Bad Grandpa (5 weeks) – $3.5 million
- Gravity (8 weeks) – $3.3 million
- 12 Years a Slave (6 weeks) – $2.8 million
- Dallas Buyers Club (4 weeks) – $2.8 million
Source: Kansas City