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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire burns brightly at box office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” burned up the box office, as everyone predicted, to the tune of $161,125,000, which is more than 11 times as much as “Thor: The Dark World.” 
 
The second movie in the “Hunger Games” franchise had the biggest November opening weekend, topping “Twilight: New Moon” which grossed $142.8 million in November 2009. 
 
Rentrak, which provided the stats and numbers below, also reports that “Catching Fire” is the second best debut of 2013, behind “Iron Man 3.” 
 
Here are the top 10 movies: 
 
1. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — $161,125,000.
2. “Thor: The Dark World” — $14,117,000, bringing its North American gross to $167,837,000
3. “The Best Man Holiday” — $12,521,535, for $50,391,125 to date. 
4. “Delivery Man” — $8,215,000.
5. “Free Birds” — $5,300,000 or $48,593,865 since release. 
6. “Last Vegas” — $4,400,000, bumping its total to $53,925,749.
7. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” — $3,450,000, nudging it to $95,450,765.
8. “Gravity” — $3,305,000, for $245,502,604 so far. 
9. “12 Years a Slave” — $2,800,000 or $29,393,312 since release. 
10. “Dallas Buyers Club” — $2,769,989 from 666 screens (versus the 4,163 of “The Hunger Games”), for $6,449,603.
 
This was also the week “The Christmas Candle” opened on almost 400 screens and it landed at No. 14 with an estimated $980,456, bringing its total (it had been on five screens) to $1,060,437. This is the movie from EchoLight Studios with former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum as CEO. 
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