‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Tops ‘Iron Man 3’ for #1 Spot at the Domestic Box Office

This is the first time in history that the first two installments of a franchise generate over $400 Million at the domestic box office. Its the 13th highest earner of all time.
This is the first time in history that the first two installments of a franchise generate over $400 Million at the domestic box office. Its the 13th highest earner of all time.

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013 as it grossed an estimated $493,000 last night for an estimated domestic cumulative gross to date of $409.4 million in its first 49 days of release, the Company announced today.

Catching Fire, which set records for the biggest November opening weekend of all time ($158.1 million) as well as the biggest three- and five-day Thanksgiving box office totals ever, has already become the 13(th) highest-grossing North American release in history and remains in wide release. It passed the first Hunger Games film, which grossed $408 million at the domestic box office, on Tuesday and is the fifth fastest film ever to reach the $400 million mark at the domestic box office.

The success of Catching Fire marks the first time the first two installments of a franchise have each topped $400 million at the domestic box office, and both films now rank among the top 15 domestic film releases in history. Catching Fire has also grossed $428.8 million internationally for a worldwide box office total of $838.2 million in its first seven weeks of release compared to $691 million worldwide box office generated during the entire run of the first Hunger Games film. The Company noted that Catching Fire is the first 2D film to become the top-grossing film of the year since 2008.

Here's what Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer had to say in a statement.

"The Hunger Games franchise continues to evolve into a truly global phenomenon. The success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a testament to the vision of author Suzanne Collins, the sure hand of director Francis Lawrence, the brilliant performances of a remarkably talented cast led by the amazing Jennifer Lawrence and superb execution by our motion picture production, marketing and distribution teams. We will continue to grow the transformative Hunger Games franchise in the years to come even as we continue to develop a dynamic portfolio of premium new brands."

The next two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, are currently in production for release on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.

About The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released November 22nd, 2013 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Taylor St. Clair, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Paula Malcomson. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence.

Sources: Lionsgate

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  1. WongFu

    @undeadslayer4 what grandchildren, I don't intend to get married.

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  2. undeadslayer4

    @instead8909 good thinking u can show ur collection to ur grandchildren and give to them before u die

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. undeadslayer4

    @john-m thats good since IM3 deserves to be beaten by another movie

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  4. John M

    @ObiWanShinobi: I did.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  5. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    @john-m and @Brizzy: Agreed.

    @Brizzy: I liked "Iron Man 3" though.

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  6. WongFu

    I made plans to seeing Thor 2 however I got there at the wrong time. I'm actually collecting the Marvel films, some get better over time and the ones I all ready like get better.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  7. ObiWanShinobi

    Did you guys see Thor 2? @Brizzy@john-m@therealGoku

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  8. ObiWanShinobi

    Agree with everything you said @john-m

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  9. ObiWanShinobi

    Mandarin sh*t pissed me off too. I was asking just to see if we were on the same page, which we are.

    I thought Don Cheadle & the little kid were great though. @Brizzy

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  10. Brizzy

    @ObiWanShinobi What wasn't? The script was bloody HORRENDOUS. To the point where you could anticipate the next line. The movie was so much written for RDJ (who was the ONLY good part of the movie) that it failed to enhance the emotions and characteristics of the rest of the cast. Pepper was just there, nothing else.
    Also, way to make a huge f*cking deal of introducing the #1 Iron Man villain of all time and making all of us excited, only to take him off of the movie completely and give us a wierd fire-dragon-human hybrid that noone cared about. Ben Kingsley was IMMENCELEY wasted in it. His acting capabilities are far to superior to be treated as a cast-off. Now they're gonna try and make up for it with a one shot because they realised they f*cked up.
    Everyone but Stark were uninteresting. Which lead the movie to being another popcorn flick without essence.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  11. WongFu

    I saw and loved Iron Man 3, comic book fans need to realize that not everything is transformable. Especially bigger than life super villains.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  12. WongFu

    I haven't seen these films yet, though I do plan on reading the books first.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    And that was all with 2D and a far superior movie.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  14. The Real Goku

    @ObiWanShinobi what WASN'T wrong with iron man 3?? Lol

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  15. John M

    Awesome news the film certainly deserves to be the highest grossing blockbuster as it was the best.

    @ObiWanShinobi: Catching Fire was much better than Iron Man 3, but Iron Man 3 wasn't a bad film, and there was nothing horribly wrong with the film. It was an entertaining, and fun film, but that was basically it, and then there was the whole poorly done Mandarin thing that certainly hurt the film. Iron Man 3 was a good film, but not on the level of Catching Fire.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  16. skywise

    I'm surprised it did better than Iron Man 3 because despite its flaws it was highly anticipated and in a lot of ways a more accessible film to a wider audience than Catching Fire.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. ObiWanShinobi

    What was wrong with Iron Man 3? @Brizzy

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  18. ObiWanShinobi

    Thats impressive

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  19. Brizzy

    Well worth it. It is alot better than Iron Man 3.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

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