Hunger Games: Catching Fire tops box office

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Hunger Games: Catching Fire tops box office over the weekend knocking comic-book epic 'Thor 2' - starring Chris Hemsworth - off the top spot.

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' grossed $307 million in its opening weekend.

The second film-adaptation based on Suzanne Collins popular novel, pulled in the staggering amount at the global box office knocking comic-book epic 'Thor 2' - starring Chris Hemsworth - off the top spot and break a number of records.

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' - which sees Jennifer Lawrence reprise her role as heroine Katniss Everdeen, the skilled archer who helps the oppressed residents in the fictional nation of Panem - became the highest earning debut for the month of November in the US and Canada by grossing an estimated $161.1 million when it hit screens last Thursday.(21.11.13)

Phil Contrino, chief analyst at said: "The strength of the 'Hunger Games' franchise is not to be underestimated. This property has clearly expanded its fan base in a big way both at home and overseas."

The whopping sum smashes previous opening sales for 'Hunger Games' by more than $10 million and the film not only scored the second-biggest debut of 2013 - behind superhero sequel 'Iron Man 3' -but also marked the fourth-biggest domestic film opening in US history.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 146 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
  • UK release: 21 November 2013

Katniss (Lawrence) and Peeta (Hutcherson) are forced to enter a special 75th anniversary games featuring contestants who've previously won. The sequel to 2012's The Hunger Games maintains the high standards of its predecessor, with a credible script, plenty of visual and narrative variety and superb performances.


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