The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has broken records, just as box office analysts predicted. Although it came in far below estimates, it still exceeded the first film for its opening weekend, and it also ended up gaining the 2D opening weekend record, beating The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
From Monday to Sunday [counting Thursday previews], Catching Fire earned close to $161 million. To be put it into perspective, Catching Fire earned in three days what Thor: The Dark World took three weeks to get to.And it’s international haul was also no less impressive. For a total of $146 coming in from international territories, the international opening weekend haul sits at an impressive $307, or about 50% up from the first Hunger Games film’s international opening weekend. Pretty impressive, non?
Of course, the film is expected to hold extremely well, thanks to impressive word of mouth [an A cinemscore] and strong reviews [89% on Rotten Tomatoes and 75 on Metacritic]. Since the first Hunger Games ended up making around $408 million during its overall domestic run, Catching Fire will probably make slightly more than that – especially if it holds well over the coming few weeks.
The biggest competition for Catching Fire next week will probably be Frozen. Although the two aren’t exactly in the same target demographic, Frozen has four-quadrant family appeal, which means that everyone will go see the movie – not just young girls. So with that in mind, Catching Fire might tumble a bit from the competition during Thanksgiving, but the good news is that it’s free to coast after that. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is its only real competition, and that doesn’t come out until the second week of December.
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