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411 Box Office Report: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Kills The Competition

November 24, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire unsurprisingly dominated the box office this weekend. The franchise sequel opened with $161.1 million dollars, setting several records along the way. That number places it as the highest November opening weekend of all-time, beating out The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s $142.4 million bow in 2009, and the highest opening for a strictly-2D film ahead of The Dark Knight Rises’ $160.9 million. The movie averaged $38,704 in the 4,163 theaters that it opened in and between the A rating via CinemaScore and very good reviews, it is likely to have very strong legs. The film added an additional $146.6 million overseas for a first-weekend worldwide total of $307.7 million. The movie’s budget was $130 million.

Thor: The Dark World was bumped to #2 after two weekends at the top, bringing in $14.1 million. The Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel has now grossed $167.8 million domestically and $548.8 million worldwide, putting within striking distance of the original Iron Man’s $585.2 worldwide gross. The film had a budget of $170 million.

The Best Man Holiday was also down a spot in its second weekend, coming in at #3 with $12.5 million. The film had a 58% second-weekend drop, which is about standard for its genre. The movie has now grossed $50.4 million with a budget of $17 million.

Opening disappointingly at #4 was Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man, which took in $8.2 million. The dramedy about a man who learns he is the father of 533 children averaged $2,706 from the 3,036 that it opened in; it is the lowest opening weekend for a Vaughn-led wide release to date and comes in below the mid-teens level that the studio was hoping for. It added $1.2 million overseas for a total worldwide opening weekend of $9.4 million. A B+ CinemaScore will help its box office slightly, which it will need to recoup its $26 million budget.

Relativity’s Free Birds dropped a spot to #5 in its fourth week with $5.3 million. The Thanksgiving-themed CGA animated film has now grossed a total of $48.6 million from a budget of $55 million.

Last Vegas fell three places in its fourth week, down to #6 with $4.4 million. CBS Films’ ensemble comedy about a group of senior friends heading to Las Vegas has now grossed $53.9 million domestically and $62.6 million worldwide from a budget of $28 million.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was down two rungs in its fifth week to #7 with $3.5 million. The film has now grossed $95.4 million domestically and $128.5 million worldwide from a budget of just $15 million.

Gravity dropped two places in its eighth week to #8 with $3.3 million. The Sandra Bullock/George Clooney film has now grossed $245.5 million domestically and $539.1 million worldwide from a budget of $100 million.

12 Years a Slave slipped a place in its sixth weekend, down to #9 with $2.8 million. The Fox Searchlight period drama, which stars Chiwotel Ejiofor, has a total of $29.4 million from a budget of $20 million.

Up two spots to #10 in its fourth week was the expanding Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey. The biopic about AIDS medication smuggler Ron Woodroof took in $2.8 million as it begins to expand; it has a total of $6.5 million domestically on a budget of $5.5 million.

The weekend box office tally was $228.3 million, up 10% from last year’s take of $207.8 million that was led by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’s second weekend of $43.6 million.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film’s grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $161.1 million ($161.1 million total)
2. Thor: The Dark World – $14.1 million ($167.8 million total)
3. The Best Man Holiday – $12.5 million ($50.4 million total)
4. Delivery Man – $8.2 million ($8.2 million total)
5. Free Birds – $5.3 million ($48.6 million total)
6. Last Vegas – $4.4 million ($53.9 million total)
7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – $3.5 million ($95.4 million total)
8. Gravity – $3.3 million ($245.5 million total)
9. 12 Years a Slave – $2.8 million ($29.4 million total)
10. Dallas Buyers Club – $2.8 million ($6.5 million total)

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