By Will Ashton
No surprise here folks: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came in number one this weekend. The question was never if it was going to or not, but rather how much the movie was going to make in its first weekend. Predictions feel between $150-180 million, and it appears the film has fallen right in line with them, earning $161.1 million. This makes the film the highest November opening ever and the fourth highest opening ever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire falls behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two with its debut, making it the second highest debut of the year. The film is also just a million (I know, just a million) behind The Dark Knight Rises which is now in fifth highest. With a budget of $130 million, the film is already in the green and is going to continue being in the clear for the next couple weeks. Also, $12.6 million of its gross came from IMAX sales.
Meanwhile, falling behind in the dust in fourth place was the other wide release of the weekend, Delivery Man. The Vince Vaughn vehicle failed to deliver as it only earned $8.2 million. With a budget of $26 million, it seems like the film has a little ways to go to make back its budget, but considering it wanted to go toe-to-toe with Hunger Games it’s hard to be sympathetic.
Coming in third was last week’s winner, The Best Man Holiday, which pulled in $12.5 million over the weekend. The ensemble comedy was already in the green last week, but considering that the film has a total gross of $50.3 million, I’m sure that the film will be happy to continuing earning cash.
In limited release, meanwhile, was Philomena in four theaters. The acclaimed film was able to pull in a strong $133,716 over the weekend, earning an average $33,716 per theater.
Next weekend is going to be pretty big, considering that the holiday is coming up, with Frozen, Oldboy and Black Nativity opening Wednesday and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom coming out Friday. I think it is safe to say that Hunger Games will be returning to the number one spot, unless Frozen can prove me wrong. We’ll have to see next week.
Check out the full box office below:
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $161.1 million $161.1 million
2. Thor: The Dark World $14.1 million $167.8 million
3. The Best Man Holiday $12.5 million $50.3 million
4. Delivery Man $8.2 million $8.2 million
5. Free Birds $5.3 million $48.5 million
6. Last Vegas $4.4 million $53.9 million
7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $3.4 million $95.4 million
8. Gravity $3.4 million $245.5 million
9. 12 Years a Slave $2.8 million $29.3 million
10. Dallas Buyers Club $2.7 million $6.4 million