The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Tops Box Office, Breaks Records
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came in a strong first place at the box office this weekend, topping the opening weekend draw of the original film adaptation. Bringing in $307.7 million globally since Thursday night, the sequel became the biggest November opening in history, a title previously help by fellow YA novel adaptation Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Catching Fire is also now the fourth largest opening of all time, behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and the final Harry Potter film. It edged out The Dark Night Rises for its place.
The movie is also doing well with critical and audience reception, earning 89% positive reviews on RottenTomatoes, and an A grade from CinemaScore.
The first Hunger Games film was also a critical and commercial success. Much of the box office difference comes from overseas, where Catching Fire brought in an impressive $146.6 million.
Even so, the sequel disappointed some analysts, who predicted a $170 million domestic open.
The only other new US release this weekend was the Vince Vaughn comedy vehicle Delivery Man, which brought in $8 million, the star’s weakest opening yet.