It’s no surprise that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed a trail to the top of the box office for its opening weekend. The movie earned an estimated $161.1 million for its first weekend in theaters, the best ever opening for the month of November.
It could also mean the fourth-highest opening weekend ever, trailing behind only The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — some impressive competition, and all of which had boosted sales from 3D ticket pricing. (Catching Fire was not released in 3D, although it did have playings in IMAX theaters, which generally cost more than traditional screenings.)Catching Fire has already outperformed the first movie in the series, The Hunger Games, compared to its first weekend at the box office, which opened with more than $152 million in March 2012.
And yes, Catching Fire also bested the three Twilight Saga sequels that also opened the same the weekend in November, which each earned between $138.1 million and $142.8 million during their opening weekends.
Worldwide, Catching Fire has also been a huge success. The film opened in 63 international markets, bringing in $138.4 million in global box office sales. Lionsgate claims Catching Fire doubled the opening of The Hunger Games in most international markets.
Catching Fire is expected to continue pulling in strong numbers over the next few weeks, much like The Hunger Games did during its release last year. It will likely see a boost thanks to holiday movie-goers this coming week due to the long Thanksgiving weekend.