Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. Photo Credit: Lionsgate

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Sparks the Box Office and Takes the Number One Spot


Just as was anticipated, fans came out in record numbers to see the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 film The Hunger Games based on the best-selling book series by author Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned just over $25 million during their Thursday night opening. Adding in their total for the remainder of the weekend, they earned an estimated $161.1 million completely dominating the Box Office.

If you take out the $146.6 million that Catching Fire made in foreign Box Offices, the film recouped their entire budget $130 million in just one weekend.

The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth picks up right where The Hunger Games left off. Katniss and Peeta are returning home fresh off of their victory in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Unfortunately, their peace and quiet doesn’t last for long as they are to quickly depart on their “Victory Tour.”

In the number two spot this week is Marvel Entertainment’s latest edition to their cinematic universe Thor: The Dark World. Thor came in at an estimated $14.1 million, for a 3 week total of $167.8 million.

The Dark World is seeing much greater success in the foreign box office. Since its release, Thor: The Dark World has earned $381 million in foreign markets, bringing its worldwide total to $548.8 million. Now that is a number befitting the God of Thunder.

Just behind Thor, in the number three spot was The Best Man Holiday, the follow up to the 1999 film The Best Man, which earned a total of $12.5 million this weekend for a two week total of $50.4 million.

The Best Man Holiday shows a group of college friends as they reunite 15 years later over the Christmas Holiday. They quickly discover how little time it takes for old rivalries to be ignited and old romances to be rekindled.

In the fourth spot this week is the new Vince Vaughn comedy Delivery Man. The film brought in just over $8.2 million this weekend.

The film tells the story of David, a man who finds out one day that he is the father of 533 children thanks to anonymous donations that he made to a fertility clinic almost 20 years ago. He is faced with the decision of whether or not to reveal himself when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

I know this is a little off-topic, but can you imagine waking up one morning and just randomly finding out that you have fathered 533 children? How does that even happen?

Rounding out the top 5 positions is the animated film Free Birds. The film brought in $5.3 million over the weekend for a four week total of $48.6 million.

The film, featuring the voice talents of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson, tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time in an effort to remove turkey from the menu forever.

Here is a look at the rest of the Box Office this weekend courtesy of IMDb and Box Office Mojo.

  Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $161.1 million $161.1 million 1
2 Thor: The Dark World $14.1 million $167.8 million 3
3 The Best Man Holiday $12.5 million $50.4 million 2
4 Delivery Man $8.2 million $8.2 million 1
5 Free Birds $5.3 million $48.6 million 4
6 Last Vegas $4.4 million $53.9 million 4
7 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $3.45 million $95.4 million 5
8 Gravity $3.3 million $245.5 million 8
9 12 Years A Slave $2.8 million $29.3 million 6
10 Dallas Buyers Club $2.7 million $6.45 million 4

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