Well it did it. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” beat its predecessor with a domestic box-office opening weekend estimate of $161.1 million.
That’s clearly above the $152.5 million that the original film opened to last year, and already well above the film’s reported $130 million budget. It also averaged a whopping $38,704 per theater.
It’s the biggest November opening of all time, the biggest opening for a 2D only movie, and the fourth largest overall opening of all time – just beating out “The Dark Knight Rises” but behind “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two”.
Its success stands in contrast to the Vince Vaughn comedy “Delivery Man” which opened in fourth with $8.2 million, one of the weakest openings for a Vaughn film – behind even the 1998 “Psycho” remake.
Everything else suffered in the wake of Catching Fire’s large opening, “Thor: The Dark World” fell the hardest in the Top Ten with a 61% drop-off in its third weekend.
In limited release “Philomena” opened to a very nice $33,425 per screen average across four screens. Disney’s “Frozen” previewed in one cinema which alone made $238,000.