"Hunger Games” Sequel Catches Fire At Weekend Box Office

NEW YORK (November 24, 2013) The sequel “Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opened with $161.1 million at the box office this weekend, narrowly besting the original film and setting a record for a November opening.

The result, from studio estimates Sunday, fell short of some expectations, and failed to dethrone the year's biggest box-office opening of $174 million for "Iron Man 3," but it did best the previous top November opening of $142.9 million by "Twilight Saga: New Moon."

The bigger budget and better reviewed "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is doing far better abroad than the 2012 original, opening with $146.6 million internationally.

The domestic total included Thursday night screenings that made approximately $25 million.

The film's three-day weekend total of $136.1 million was actually less than "The Hunger Games."

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