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Weekend Box Office: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuts at #1 with $161M and sets November record!

With some new great additional supporting cast (Jena Malone and Sam Claflin to name two) and director (Francis Lawrence) joining (the already established returning cast) the successful box-office sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire starring Jennifer LawrenceJosh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam ClaflinDonald Sutherland and Jena Malone, the odds are ever in this new and one of the most anticipated films of 2013's favor as it surpasses box-office's opening weekend predictions and expectations as well as impressed critics and audiences alike with mostly rave reviews following the first film (The Hunger Games)'s well-received reception and success. Catching Fire sets a new record for a November opening! Earning an estimated $161.1 million from 4,136 locations, the high-profile sequel easily topped the previous record of $142.8 million, set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009.

I saw this movie with a friend Thursday night at 8 PM showing (on standard 2D, though I was hoping to see it on IMAX...maybe next time. I definitely want to see this movie again!). It was showing beginning that Thursday at my local AMC24 theater at 5 PM (both standard 2D and IMAX), then 8 PM, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30 and so on until midnight. The theater was packed, but it was not bad at all because if you missed the first showing, there was a new screening every 30 minutes or so. The movie was great! My friend (and she hasn't even seen the first movie nor read the books, but she wanted to see it with me) and I both loved and enjoyed watching it. I must say both Jena Malone and Donald Sutherland were great, both of their performances and individual scenes they appeared in were either the highlight or memorable. You will definitely remember their characters and their memorable scenes/moments with Katniss Everdeen and company long after seeing this film! I'll post my own review of this film very soon!

Anyway, here's more info. about this film's weekend box-office success (via Box Office Mojo and Collider)!

'Catching Fire' Burns Bright, Sets November Record 

by Ray Subers (via Box Office Mojo)
Weekend Report: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened to $161.1 million this weekend. If estimates hold, that will be a new record for a 2D-only movie... FULL STORY

'Catching Fire' Scores $25 Million on Thursday... 

Also, here's the Top 10 Weekend Box Office Chart via Collider...

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$161,100,000$161.1
2. Thor: The Dark World$14,117,000$167.8
3. The Best Man Holiday$12,500,000$50.3
4. Delivery Man$8,215,000$8.2
5. Free Birds$5,300,000$48.5
6. Last Vegas$4,400,000$53.9
7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$3,450,000$95.4
8. Gravity$3,405,000$245.5
9. 12 Years a Slave$2,800,000$29.3
10. Dallas Buyers Club$2,769,000$6.4

Catching Fire also managed to place fourth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, putting it ahead of both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

1.Marvel’s The Avengers$207.4
2.Iron Man 3$174.1
3.Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 2$169.1
4.Catching Fire$161.1
5.The Dark Knight Rises$160.8
6.The Dark Knight$158.4
7.The Hunger Games$152.5
8.Spider-Man 3$151.1
9.Twilight Saga: New Moon$142.8
10.Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2$141

Plus, Catching Fire international numbers via Deadline Hollywood...

By Mike Fleming Jr. – International numbers forThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire are pouring in now, and they are as good as the domestic numbers. The film has grossed $146.6 million in 63 territories, which puts its global opening weekend gross at $307.7 in 65 territories. READ MORE »



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