Catching Fire Makes $158.1 Million Opening Weekend, Breaks November Record

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened to $158.1 million this weekend (adjusted from the original estimate of $161.1) making it the best November opening ever, a title previously held by Twilight sequel, New Moon. 


In addition to this, it is the 6th biggest opening ever and the 3rd best among 2D-only movies. Catching Fire is currently the #1 movie in the world having earned $138.4 million in international markets.  Definitely a very strong start!

Source: Box Office Mojo

‘The Hunger Games’ surpass $400 million domestically

Today The Hunger Games reached a milestone at the box office, passing the $400 million dollar mark in North America!  The film has grossed $648 million worldwide and came in 12th place at this weekend’s box office, not bad for it’s twelfth weekend!

From Box Office Mojo:

The Hunger Games eased 33 percent to $1.05 million this weekend. On Sunday, its 80th day in theaters, the movie is expected to pass $400 million, making it the 14th title to ever reach that milestone.

1 Avatar Fox $760,507,625 2009^
2 Titanic Par. $658,672,302 1997^
3 Marvel’s The Avengers BV $571,860,000 2012
4 The Dark Knight WB $533,345,358 2008
5 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Fox $474,544,677 1999^
6 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977^
7 Shrek 2 DW $441,226,247 2004
8 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982^
9 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest BV $423,315,812 2006
10 The Lion King BV $422,783,777 1994^
11 Toy Story 3 BV $415,004,880 2010
12 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
13 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen P/DW $402,111,870 2009
14 The Hunger Games LGF $400,250,000 2012
15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 WB $381,011,219 2011
16 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Fox $380,270,577 2005
17 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King NL $377,845,905 2003^
18 Spider-Man 2 Sony $373,585,825 2004
19 The Passion of the Christ NM $370,782,930 2004^
20 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993^

‘The Hunger Games’ fall out of the top three at the box office

But it came in fourth place!  This is an excellent accomplishment after eight weeks, still remaining in the top five, so there is no need to be sad!  We’re maintaining the 13th spot of all time domestic gross and have an estimated cumulative gross of $386.7 million in North America!  See preliminary weekend results courtesy of Reuters below.

1 (1) The Avengers …………………….$ 103.2 million

2 (*) Dark Shadows …………………….$ 28.8 million

3 (2) Think Like a Man………………….$ 6.3 million

4 (3) Hunger Games …………………….$ 4.4 million

5 (4) The Lucky One ……………………$ 4.1 million


The Hunger Games ……………………..$386.9 million

The Avengers …………………………$373.2 million

Think Like a Man ……………………..$ 81.9 million

The Lucky One…………………………$ 53.7 million

Dark Shadows………………………….$ 28.8 million

Katniss’ big day!

It looks like Katniss Everdeen had a wonderful birthday!  She had many trends in her honor on Twitter today such as Happy Birthday Mockingjay, Tributes Love Katniss, #ThingsKatnissTaughtMe and HappyBDay Katniss Our Girl On Fire, which was so awesome!  In addition to that it looks like as of last night The Hunger Games officially surpassed Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2  domestically, making it the 13th highest grossing film in North America of all time!  We hope she enjoyed her big day!

So one last time, Happy Birthday Katniss!  We wish you many, many more!

Source: Emesemese on DeviantArt


Box Office Charts Update

By now, we all know that The Hunger Games was in the top spot for four weeks in a row. Even after it was dethroned in its fifth week, it was STILL in the top three. Even after the ENORMOUS debut of The Avengers last Friday, The Hunger Games still managed to hold onto its third spot! FYI, as of May 7th (today), it has grossed $617.7M worldwide out of which $380.7M is domestic. Anyways, let’s have a look at some of the main record-breaking charts for The Hunger Games so far.

As of May 7th, 2012:

Action Heroine 1
IMAX (Feature-length) 6
Post-Apocalypse 1
Reality TV 1
Sci-Fi – Based on Book 1

Please Note that The Hunger Games was in third spot for all time opening weekends until The Avengers claimed the top spot forcing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 move to the second spot followed by The Dark Knight and The Hunger Games, respectively.

All Time Domestic 14
All Time Worldwide 63
Top Movies in the Past 365 Days 2
Worldwide Openings 22
Foreign Opening Weekends 46
Opening Weeks 4
Opening Day Gross 6
Single Day Gross 7
Single Day Friday Gross 5
Single Day Saturday Gross 3
Single Day Sunday Gross 8
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) – All Time 4
Theater Averages – Wide Opening Weekends 4
Opening Weekends 4
Opening Weekends – March 1
Opening Weekends – Spring 1
Top 10-Day Grosses 5
Top 3-Day Grosses 4
Top 4-Day Grosses 4
Top 6-Day Grosses 6
Top 7-Day Grosses 7
Top 8-Day Grosses 5
Top 9-Day Grosses 5
Top 5-Day Grosses 4
Second Weekends 8
Third Weekends 8
Fourth Weekends 13
Fifth Weekends 9
Rated PG-13 8
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends 4
Widest Releases 19
Widest Independent Releases 1
Widest Opening Releases 16
Widest Opening Independent Releases 1
Widest PG-13 Rated Openings 13
Widest PG-13 Rated Releases 14
Fastest to $100 million 3
Fastest to $150 million 4
Fastest to $200 million 6
Fastest to $250 million 6
Fastest to $300 million 6
Fastest to $350 million 8

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‘The Hunger Games’ in top 3 for seventh straight week

Even though the The Avengers blew away all of its competition this weekend, The Hunger Games did an impressive job of holding on to 3rd place, for the third straight week.  Not bad, right?

Here’s the top five rundown from Box Office Mojo

The Avengers accounted for 82.7 percent of the est. $242 million the Top 12 earned this weekend. That’s the second-highest weekend market share ever, and the weekend itself ranks fifth all-time in revenue (first for a Summer kick-off).

The titles that made up that other 17.3 percent expectedly took a big hit this weekend. Think Like a Man fell 55 percent to an estimated $8 million, which brings its total to $73 million. It is easily the highest-grossing April 2012 release, and should wind up with at least $85 million.

The Hunger Games stayed in the Top 3 for the seventh-straight weekend, though it dropped 47 percent to an estimated $5.7 million. So far, the movie has made $380.7 million, which ranks 14th on the all-time domestic chart. In the next day or two, it will pass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2‘s $381 million.

The Lucky One dipped 49 percent to an estimated $5.5 million, and has thus far earned $47.9 million. The Pirates! Band of Misfits added $5.4 million, which is off 52 percent from its opening. That’s a terrible drop for an animated movie, and it probably has to do with losing family audiences and some 3D screens to The Avengers.The Pirates! has only made $18.6 million through its first 10 days.

The Five-Year Engagement also took a tumble—the Jason SegelEmily Blunt romantic comedy fell 52 percent to an estimated $5.1 million, and has to-date earned a paltry $19.2 million. Even worse, though, were The Ravenand Safe. Those movies dropped 66 percent and 69 percent to $2.51 million and $2.47 million, respectively. Safehas now grossed $12.9 million, while The Raven‘s total sits at $12 million.

The Hunger Games are currently the 14th highest grossing film of all time in North America, though as you can see from above this will soon change.  All it needs is to gross another $248, 219 to surpass Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 domestically, which at this point it should have no problem doing.

‘The Avengers’ fail to beat “The Hunger Games’ midnight opening

While it was very close, The Avengers fell short in midnight ticket sales, coming in a million dollars behind The Hunger Games.  See story from E Online below.

UPDATE: Sellouts, schmellouts. While The Avengers didn’t top The Hunger Games at midnight, it got awfully close, and set a new mark for superhero movies with an $18.7 million take in 12 a.m., Friday screenings.

The Avengers is going to be big, but it’s looking less likely that it’s going to beat The Hunger Games.

At least in the early box-office going, and especially tonight at midnight.

Here is a list of the current top 10 Midnight Openings courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $43.5 million
2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – $30.3 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $30.1 million
4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $26.3 million
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – $24 million
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – $22.2 million
7. The Hunger Games – $19.7 million
8. The Avengers – $18.7 million
9. The Dark Knight – $18.5 million
10. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – $16.5 million

Congrats go out to The Avengers for having the highest opening of any super hero movie ever! And a special mention for The Hunger Games for holding tight to seventh place!

‘Hunger Games’ Crosses $600 Million Globally

From MTV:

After its sixth weekend in theaters, The Hunger Games” is still lighting up the box office. Katniss and company’s cumulative gross is currently a whopping $601 million worldwide, after raking in $11.2 million in the U.S. and another $7.4 million overseas this weekend.

Standing tall at #4, the dystopian franchise’s weekend dip was 23 percent, which is the lowest decline yet for the movie (its second weekend in theaters saw a 60 percent drop), according to Box Office Guru. And it wasn’t far behind third-place “The Lucky One,”which earned $11.3 following its second weekend.

It looks like the assembly of Earth’s mightiest heroes won’t even be able to stop Katniss’ estimated goal. With “The Hunger Games” sitting comfortably with a domestic total of $372.4 million, it’s going to take more than Thor and his mighty hammer to bring “Marvel’s The Avengers” to the top. If “The Hunger Games” can rake in $400 million domestically (like box-office experts predicted), it would outperform the first films in both “Twilight” and“Harry Potter.”

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The Hemsworth brothers’ box office battles

As Liam Hemsworth’s star continues to rise with his portrayal of Gale in The Hunger Games and role in the upcoming The Expendable 2, he is in a box office battle with his big brother Chris whose soon to be released film The Avengers is poised to be a huge hit.  The brothers, who in addition to being blessed with amazing genes (seriously, how gorgeous are they?!) are looking to fight it out in theaters all spring and summer long!  Liam has already bested Chris once as The Hunger Games easily took out Cabin in the Woods, however like The Hunger Games dominated the spring, The Avengers strive to dominate the summer, it looks like it just might do it!  Check out excerpt below from The New York Daily News, and please enjoy the photo (so beautiful!).

It’s the hottest sibling rivalry in Hollywood — in all senses of the adjective.

Chris and Liam Hemsworth both have enjoyed a meteoric rise in the few short years since they each moved here from their native Australia, where they were TV soap stars.

But they’ve really arrived this spring.

Liam, 22, has a major part in the year’s biggest movie phenomenon — “The Hunger Games,” which has already passed the $340 million mark at the box office. His 28-year-old brother, meanwhile, is reprising his super hero role as Thor in “The Avengers,” which opens May 4.

“Avengers,” according to some reports, could open even bigger than “Hunger Games.”

Chris can also be seen in the just-released horror flick, “Cabin in the Woods,” and the upcoming “Snow White and the Huntsman,” co-starring Kristen Stewart. Liam will be next seen fighting alongside Sylvester StalloneBruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in this summer’s “The Expendables 2.”

Though they won’t it say publicly, there’s sure to be a battle for box office bragging rights in the genetically blessed Hemsworth clan. A source close to the brothers says “they’re good kids” who enjoy a relationship filled with good-natured competition and teasing.

“Very early on, I was working out for ‘Thor’ and he was coming in occasionally and working out with me and lifting weights. I was like, ‘What are you doing, you’re supposed to be a group of people who are underfed,’” Chris Hemsworth told the News.

“Chris actually texted me a month before shooting and said, it’s called ‘Hunger Games,’ not ‘Eating Games,’” Liam told the News.

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The Hunger Games take third place at box office

It was a great run at the top for The Hunger Games, but we know all good thing must come to an end. Preliminary reports say The Hunger Games came in third place this weekend with $14.5 million, making it the 19th highest grossing film of all time!  We have no need to be sad, The Hunger Games have outperformed everyone’s expectations and is without a doubt a huge success!  Bravo!  See excerpt from Eonline below.

The Hunger Games, meanwhile, fell to third place, with a still-solid $14.5 million. Prior to getting trumped by Think Like a Man, the Jennifer Lawrence film had spent three weeks at No. 1.

The year’s top-grossing movie has pushed its domestic total to $356.9 million, moving it past Transformers: Dark of the Moon for 19th place among the all-time hits.

Elsewhere, the Disney nature film Chimpanzee was a minor blockbuster, grossing $10.2 million off fewer screens than any film in the Top 10.

Holdovers The Three Stooges and TheCabin in the Woods both held up OK, even as they tumbled in the standings.

Wrath of the Titans made a speedy exit from the Top 10, with the sequel lasting only three weeks. A $77 million-grossing bust here, overseas audience saved the day, sort of. Per, the $195 million epic has grossed $264 million worldwide.

Battleship, another super-sized, would-be blockbuster, broke the $100 million mark in its second week in international release. The film opens here May 18.

The Efron-voiced Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, the year’s No. 2 film, dropped from the rankings after a seven-week stay.

In limited release, Darling Companion, director Lawrence Kasdan‘s latest and apparently final ode to baby boomers, was a hit ($46,296 at four screens), as was the Bob Marley documentary, Marley ($260,000 at 42 locations).

Here’s the complete rundown of the weekend’s top movies, per Friday-Sunday domestic estimates as reported by the studios and Exhibitor Relations:

  1. Think Like a Man, $33 million
  2. The Lucky One, $22.8 million
  3. The Hunger Games, $14.5 million
  4. Chimpanzee, $10.2 million
  5. The Three Stooges, $9.2 million
  6. The Cabin in the Woods, $7.8 million
  7. American Reunion, $5.2 million
  8. Titanic 3D, $5 million
  9. 21 Jump Street, $4.6 million
  10. Mirror Mirror, $4.1 million

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