B.O. Roundup, November 22-24: 'Catching Fire' Sets November Record

Sunday, 24 November 2013 12:25 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, November 22-24: 'Catching Fire' Sets November Record

It's convenient that the Hunger Games sequel is entitled Catching Fire, because that's exactly what the film did this weekend.

According to estimates, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire entered the record books, notching up the biggest November opening and one of the highest-grossing debuts of all time.

The sequel's thoroughly hyped debut proved appropriately huge.  Catching Fire earned an estimated $161.1 million from 4,163 locations across the nation.  Director Francis Lawrence's first contribution to the Lionsgate franchise opened stronger than The Hunger Games, which grossed $152 million in March of last year. 

On the all-time opening weekend chart, Katniss Everdeen's second adventure ranks behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  All those movies, you'll note, benefited from 3D ticket prices, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the rare blockbuster these days to open only in two dimensions.  If Lionsgate's $161.1 million estimate proves accurate, then this young adult novel adaptation will hold the title of the highest-grossing 2D opening on record, squeaking past the $160.9 million that The Dark Knight Rises earned last summer.

In addition to that whopping domestic haul, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has also collected $146.6 million internationally.

The film, which once again stars Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine of Suzanne Collins's dystopian world, will continue to benefit from positive word of mouth.  Not only did Catching Fire inspire many a positive review, but audiences also granted it an A CinemaScore.

This weekend's only other new wide release, Delivery Man, opened in fourth place with an estimated $8.2 million.  The Vince Vaughn-led comedy debuted to a less auspicious figure than even The Internship and The Watch.  A high-profile marketing effort failed to convey the film's concept, which finds Vaughn discovering that a sperm donor snafu results in his siring hundreds of children.  And, of course, the film opened against The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Here are the top ten movies in America for the weekend of November 22nd to 24th:

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire                       $161.1 million           New Release

2. Thor: The Dark World                                            $14.1 million             $167.8 million

3. The Best Man Holiday                                            $12.5 million             $50.3 million

4. Delivery Man                                                          $8.2 million              New Release

5. Free Birds                                                               $5.3 million              $48.5 million

6. Last Vegas                                                              $4.4 million              $53.9 million

7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa                          $3.4 million              $95.4 million

8. Gravity                                                                   $3.3 million              $245.5 million

9. 12 Years a Slave                                                    $2.8 million              $29.3 million

10. Dallas Buyers Club                                             $2.7 million              $6.4 million

The Thanksgiving week will see Frozen, Homefront, and The Book Thief entering the fray in wide release, with Oldboy, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Philomena in limited release.


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