‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Scorches $25.25M Opening on Thursday

Who’s ready to Catch some Fire!

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According to The Wrap, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” scored a huge $25.25 million domestic debut on Thursday night, according to studio estimates. Its late night grosses are the fifth highest ever, ranking just below the $26.3 million “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” generated in 2010.

For context, “Iron Man 3” racked up $15.6 million from 3,000 locations in Thursday night showings in May of this year. It debuted to $174.1 million domestically.

“Catching Fire” also had a better showing than the $19.7 million the first ”Hunger Games” movie grossed from 2,565 locations in midnight shows last year, which was the highest midnight gross for a non-sequel in history.

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Pre-release tracking has Lionsgate’s sequel, which brings back stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, taking in between $160 million and $172 million. The higher tracking numbers go, however, the less reliable they become, and expectations are that “Catching Fire” will eclipse those estimates.

Overseas, audiences are also clamoring for Katniss Everdeen, with the movie racking up an estimated $32 million in the roughly 42 territories where it has debuted thus far.

“Catching Fire” will be in more than 4,100 theaters nationwide, with more than 300 of those screens in Imax. The film faces one major hurdle when it comes to records. It will not be shown in 3D, depriving it of the premium ticket  prices that could bolster its opening weekend haul.

I have to admit.  I didn’t think I would like the first movie, I thought it was going to be cheezy.  But I was very wrong.  Hunger Games was the truth, and so will be “Catching Fire”

 

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