The film pulled in a terrific $110.1 million over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period — $74.5 million of that during the traditional weekend frame — which gives the sequel a stunning $296.5 million domestic total after only 10 days. (The film has already pulled in a total of $573 million worldwide.)
Catching Fire set a new record for both the 3-day and 5-day Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which grossed $57.5 million/$82.4 million in 2001. Lionsgate's $130 million sequel is now on track to easily outgross The Hunger Games' $408 million domestic total. And if it maintains this pace, it could climb above $450 million.This is no fluke. Director Francis Lawrence has captured the hunger in Suzanne Collins' second book. In my review of the first movie, I criticized it for the lack of actual hunger, which is the whole point of the Hunger Games. But even though I believed those who read the books will be disappointed in the first adaptation, I believe those same readers will be pleased with the sequel.