It was a given that the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, would finish first at the weekend box office. The question was, how much was Catching Fire going to make. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring second chapter in the film series broke November box office records by earning $161.1 million in just a few days. Catching Fire bested the previous record, set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon with its opening take of $142.8 million.
Speaking generally, for any time of the year, Catching Fire also opened larger than The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises openings, The Avengers and Iron Man 3. I’d say they’re celebrating over at Lionsgate today!
Coming in a (distant) second was the number one film for the last two weeks, Thor: The Dark World. Chris Hemsworth and his Asgardian friends added another $14.1 million to bring their total domestic take to $167.8 million.
Wait… so Catching Fire made almost as much as the Thor sequel did in three weeks. Think about that.
Third place belonged to the film that already has us talking The Best Man Holiday sequel. The sequel to The Best Man, 14 years in the making, scored $12.5 million for a total cume of $50.4 million.
Fourth place found the other large new release landing, Disney’s Delivery Man. The Vince Vaughn-starring remake of Starbuck made $8.2 million in its first weekend of release. Fifth place belonged to the Thanksgiving-themed Free Birds. The Relativity Media animated flick took in $5.3 million in its fourth week of release, bringing its total to $48.6 million.
Also nice to note is the fact that the bottom three films of the top 10 are all serious Oscar contenders, and they're each getting their Oscar box office bounce solely from buzz, long before even the nominations are announced.
Box office top 10:
1. Catching Fire, $161.1 million
2. Thor: The Dark World, $14.1 million
3. The Best Man Holiday, $12.5 million
4. Delivery Man, $8.2 million
5. Free Birds, $5.3 million
6. Last Vegas, $4.4 million
7. Bad Grandpa, $3.5 million
8. Gravity, $3.3 million
9. 12 Years a Slave, $2.8 million
10. Dallas Buyers Club, $2.8 million