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'Catching Fire' Wins on Box Office, Posts Biggest November Debut Ever

November 24, 2013 (11:57 pm) GMT
Thanks to wider audience appeal, the 'Hunger Games' sequel opens with 161.1 million dollars domestically.

Expected to open big on the box office, "" did not disappoint. The second installment of the "Hunger Games" series played in 4,163 locations in North America and garnered $161.1 million at its first domestic weekend box office. It becomes one of the biggest hits this year and the biggest November debut ever.

"It's really become a phenomenon," said David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate. "We've established now a better opening than the first, and now we're entering into the Thanksgiving and Christmas period, which is very, very lucrative."

"Catching Fire" also lands itself in the fourth position of the best domestic opening ever. "" remains atop with $207 million, followed by "" at $174 million and "" at $169 million. For being released in the same year with "Iron Man 3", the -starring movie failed to take this year's biggest box office opening title.

The second movie sees a shift in the audience member. If "" gravitated towards the older and women, the sequel attracted more youngsters and men now that more bloody actions were included. The first movie drew 71 percent female audience but the number was down to 59 percent in "Catching Fire".

Internationally, "Catching Fire" has made a remarkable worldwide opening, taking in a total of $307.7 million. Thanks to its massive campaign and promotional appearances abroad, the movie appealed to such countries as Germany, Britain, Spain, Italy and France. "If the numbers continue to play out, we have really grown the audience exponentially," Tim Palen, Lionsgate's chief marketing officer, said on Sunday, November 24.

Another new wide release that makes it to the top 10 box office this weekend is comedy "" that opened with $8.2 million and landed in number 4. "" slipped to number 2 with $14.1 million. Romantic comedy "" landed at number 3 with $12.5 million in its second week.

  1. "" - $161.1 million
  2. "" - $14.1 million
  3. "" - $12.5 million
  4. "" - $8.2 million
  5. "" - $5.3 million
  6. "" - $4.4 million
  7. "" - $3.5 million
  8. "" - $3.3 million
  9. "" - $2.8 million
  10. "" - $2.8 million

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