Every couple of weeks I contribute a box office report to Tastic Film that looks at what has topped the box office charts in America and elsewhere. This week it was the turn of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which has surpassed even the high expectations most had for how well it would do. Here is an excerpt from my box office report for this week:
surprises this week as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sets light to
the box office and smashes Thor and his puny hammer off the top spot.
What is slightly surprising is just how scorching Catching Fire’s box
office take will be on its opening weekend. It is estimated to take over
$160 million in North America alone, almost doubling that for its
worldwide take. This is a huge debut for a film not released in 3D and
also in the traditionally quieter movie month of November. Catching Fire
is leaving other young adult adaptations in its ash, namely the recent
Twilight franchise that never performed this well. It is a step up from
the first film in the trilogy and bodes well for the final book, now
split (like Twilight) into two potentially massive movies.
Way back in second place, Thor: The Dark World took a measly $14
million but thanks to its own strong opening in both America and abroad,
is still riding high on a worldwide take of nearly $550 million at the
moment. The Best Man Holiday follows in third taking only around $8
million but after its surprisingly high opening weekend last week, is
already well into profitable territory, beating the $50 million mark
before it even opens overseas and all from a budget of $17 million.
Read the rest of the box office report at Tastic Film here.
You can also read my review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at Starburst Magazine here.
Have you seen it yet? Reckon it deserves to top the box office charts again next week?
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