Given the success of the first film (and the hoopla around the sequel), it’s not exactly surprising that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was a smash at the US box office,but the scale of the hit is impressive, after it opened with an impressive $161.1 million. That puts it firmly atop the list of November box office opening records and pushes The Dark Knight Rises aside on its way to the fourth biggest launch of all time across the pond.
Naturally, other films took a hit, with Thor: The Dark World down to second and $14.1 million, though with more than $167 million in the bank in America alone, Marvel will shed few tears. Comedy drama sequel The Best Man Holiday was third, earning $12.5 million, while Vince Vaughn’s stab at heartfelt comedy, The Delivery Man, didn’t help him much, with $8.2 million in fourth and one of the worst launches of his career. Free Birds rounded out the top five with $5.3 million.
Last Vegas slipped to sixth place, taking in $4.4 million, while Bad Grandpa tumbled to seventh and $3.4 million. Gravity was down to eighth with $3.3 million, 12 Years A Slave ninth ($2.8 million) and Dallas Buyer’s Club tenth with $2.7 million.
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