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!