Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games trilogy, based off the trilogy of the same name by Suzanne Collins, has broken yet another record. The first film, The Hunger Games, broke the record for highest grossing opening weekend in March/Spring and the highest for a non-sequel with $152 million; and now the sequel to that film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has broken the record for highest grossing opening weekend in November/Holiday with $161 million.
It has beaten out all installments of the Twilight Saga including the previous record holder, The Twilight Saga: New Moon with $142 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now sits at the fourth highest grossing opening weekend of all time, above The Dark Knight Rises and below Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, with $160.8 million and $169 million, respectively.
It’s worth noting that New Moon was not released in IMAX, and if ticket prices adjust for inflation, New Moon and Catching Fire would be rather close.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is being helmed by I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Amanda Plummer, Jefferey Wright and Donald Sutherland. It releases in regular and IMAX theaters on November 22nd.