Catching Fire broke the Hunger Games previous numbers, which made $152.5 million in its opening weekend in 2012.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has completely destroyed the November opening record, grossing $161.1 million domestically. This record was held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon with $142 million in 2009.
The huge debut also makes the action-adventure thriller, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Hunger Games new-comer Sam Claflin, the fourth highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.
The Hunger Games sequel boasts everything from better actors, better character detail -a Hunger Games where all of the tributes are previous victors gives new meaning to the word cut-throat competition, plus better actions sequences which brings me to…- and overall better visuals the film was shot partially in IMAX similar to how The Dark Knight Rises was shot. Catching Fire has definitely has upped the ante that was laid down by its predecessor. And it has Sam Claflin, who I am very much a fan of after seeing him on Chelsea Lately-I don’t watch it for Chelsea, I watch for the celebrity interviews that are faithfully at the end of every episode-who is a British guy playing a really tanned dude with a trident that does not have an accent.
Spoiler Alert (if you haven’t seen it yet): Just like in the book the film ends rather abruptly leading straight in to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1, so don’t feel like you were overall gypped (like The Hobbit dragon thing) and rise up against the government Katniss style…you will die in your attempt and I will watch it on the news and laugh (because I am a terrible person).
Catching Fire earned $307.7 million worldwide in 65 territories total.
Thor: The Dark World took the very distant No.2 spot, earning $14.12 million. The Best Man Holiday was No.3, taking home $12.5 million while Delivery Man debuted at No.4 with $8.2 million.
The compilation of totals are courtesy of BoxOffice Mojo as always.
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $161. million
- Thor: The Dark World: $14.12 million
- The Best Man Holiday: $12.5 million
- Delivery Man: $8.2 million
- Free Birds: $5.3 million
- Last Vegas: $4.4 million
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: $3.45 million
- Gravity: $3.3 million
- 12 Years a Slave: $2.8 million
- Dallas Buyers Club: $2.77 million