Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Hunger Games Catching Fire tops the box office

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:

No 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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