There’s no doubt about it. The girl is still on fire. Lionsgate’s highly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dominated the box office this weekend. Katniss Everdeen and her crew raked in an estimated $161.1 million, besting its predecessor’s take of $152.5 million. The number represents the best November opening of all time, edging out The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which bowed with $142.9 million in 2009.
Overall, only three films debuted better than Catching Fire– The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Had Jennifer Lawrence’s film been available in 3D, it probably would’ve generated more and passed one if not all those films. With an encouraging “A” CinemaScore grade and bringing in a wide demo of moviegoers, The Hunger Games sequel should continue its hot streak next Thanksgiving weekend and for weeks to follow.
Not doing nearly as well was Vince Vaughn’s latest flop. Disney attempted to counter-program with Delivery Man. Sadly, it failed to deliver and garnered just $8.2 million worth of ticket sales. After Vaughn’s hot streak of Wedding Crashers and The Break Up last decade, it’s been nothing but flops since. The Internship, The Dilemma and The Watch, did you watch any of them? Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Box Office Numbers: November 15-17, 2013
- 1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $161,125,000 (opening)
- 2. Thor: The Dark World: $14,117,000 ($167,837,000 total)
- 3. The Best Man Holiday: $12,500,000 ($50,400,000 total)
- 4. Delivery Man: $8,215,000 (opening)
- 5. Free Birds: $5,300,000 ($48,594,000 total)
- 6. Last Vegas: $4,400,000 ($53,926,000 total)
- 7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: $3,450,000 ($95,451,000 total)
- 8. Gravity: $3,305,000 ($245,503,000 total)
- 9. 12 Years A Slave: $2,800,000 ($29,393,000 total)
- 10. Dallas Buyers Club: $2,770,000 ($6,450,000 total)