‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sets worldwide box office ablaze

Monday, November 25th, 2013. Filed under: Books Entertainment Film Hollywood Stars
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" took the global box office by storm during its opening weekend. ©All Rights Reserved.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” took the global box office by storm during its opening weekend.
©All Rights Reserved.

(Relaxnews) – Moviegoers arrived in droves to see the latest episode in the adventures of Katniss Everdeen, resulting in $307.73 million in revenues worldwide for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at the end of its first weekend in theaters on November 24, Rentrak reports.

Released in 64 territories, the dystopian film headlined by Jennifer Lawrence has achieved the 12th most lucrative premiere in the history of the global box office. In terms of total revenues during its premiere weekend, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ranks between “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ ($330 million) and “Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith” ($303.9 million).

In comparison, the first episode of “The Hunger Games” brought in only $211.8 million during its first weekend in theaters, from March 23 to 25, 2012.

North American moviegoers were the leading source of revenues for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The film brought in $161.13 million from theaters in Canada and the US, which accounted for 52.4 percent of its total revenues. The film thus achieved the fourth best opening in the history of the North American box office and set a new record for a November opening in the territory.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” left little more than crumbs for the competition at the global box office. The space thriller “Gravity” came in second place with $49.91 million, while “Thor: The Dark World” slipped into third place with $38.92 million.

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