“The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” managed to secure the largest November box office opening in history collecting $161.1 million dollars over the weekend, according to BBC. Katniss Everdeen and her partners also secured the fourth biggest U.S. opening of all time as well, behind only “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.” Not bad for a few teenagers fighting for their lives inside an arena.
However, according to Entertainment Weekly, the film also collected $146.6 million from foreign box offices, which puts this sequel on pace to shatter the marks of the original Jennifer Lawrence vehicle. The original “The Hunger Games” managed a total box office of $691 million with $408 million from the U.S. and $283 million from international box offices.
Perhaps what could really leave people talking is that the film still has the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday weekend to rake in even more cash and pad those totals. Plus the film has enough time left in the year to challenge “Iron Man 3” as the year’s biggest movie, but “The Hunger Games” box office crown will be challenged in the coming weeks by the animated Disney film “Frozen” and later in December with the dragon fire from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
Still, if history has proven anything, nobody should be discounting the power of “The Hunger Games.” Whether or not the odds are in favor (sorry, I couldn’t resist) of Katniss and Peta getting enough traction to break the coveted billion dollar mark by the end of year remains to be seen, but with $300 million already in the bank it seems more like a matter of when than if the film gets to that mark.
The news also helps Lionsgate, the studio behind the franchise, as it considers licensing the property into a theme park franchise. For now though, the girl is on fire (sorry it’s just too easy) on the big screen, and looks likely to stay there for at least another weekend.