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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpasses Iron Man 3 as the top grossing film of 2013

Jan. 10, 2014by:

Unsurprisingly, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE has surpassed IRON MAN 3's domestic box office, making it the top grossing film of 2013. I say unsurprisingly because both franchises have a huge built-in fanbase making them both equal contenders for the race to the top spot at the box office. Lionsgate issued a press release, declaring victory over Marvel as THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE's $409.4 million take just edged out IRON MAN 3's final tally of $409 million and change. With Hunger Games still in theaters the distance of those numbers is likely to grow, but not substantially. Either way, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is now officially the top earner of 2013.

Here's the full press release:

SANTA MONICA, CA, and VANCOUVER, BC, January 10, 2014 – Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013 as it grossed an estimated $493,000 last night for an estimated domestic cume to date of $409.4 million in its first 49 days of release, the Company announced today.

Catching Fire, which set records for the biggest November opening weekend of all time ($158.1 million) as well as the biggest three- and five-day Thanksgiving box office totals ever, has already become the 13th highest-grossing North American release in history and remains in wide release.  It passed the first Hunger Games film, which grossed $408 million at the domestic box office, on Tuesday and is the fifth fastest film ever to reach the $400 million mark at the domestic box office.

The success of Catching Fire marks the first time the first two installments of a franchise have each topped $400 million at the domestic box office, and both films now rank among the top 15 domestic film releases in history.  Catching Fire has also grossed $428.8 million internationally for a worldwide box office total of $838.2 million in its first seven weeks of release compared to $691 million worldwide box office generated during the entire run of the first Hunger Games film.  The Company noted that Catching Fire is the first 2D film to become the top-grossing film of the year since 2008.

“The Hunger Games franchise continues to evolve into a truly global phenomenon,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer.  “The success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a testament to the vision of author Suzanne Collins, the sure hand of director Francis Lawrence, the brilliant performances of a remarkably talented cast led by the amazing Jennifer Lawrence and superb execution by our motion picture production, marketing and distribution teams.  We will continue to grow the transformative Hunger Gamesfranchise in the years to come even as we continue to develop a dynamic portfolio of premium new brands.”

The next two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, are currently in production for release on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.

With another installment of the franchise hitting this year and another in 2015, do you think the franchise will once again trump the box office for two more straight years? It's doubtful, given the anticipation of THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, and of course, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in 2015, but I think the franchise has a VERY good chance of taking the box office again in 2014 given it's performance thus far. What do you think?

Source: Lionsgate

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5:33AM on 01/11/2014
Well not surprising Iron Man 3 kind of sucked and Hunger Twilight is for the teens.
Well not surprising Iron Man 3 kind of sucked and Hunger Twilight is for the teens.
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11:28PM on 01/10/2014

Take that 3D!

Now get gone already...
Now get gone already...
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6:10PM on 01/10/2014
In other words, 2013 was a defining year for female-lead films - with the successes of Catching Fire, Frozen, Gravity, The Heat, and to a certain degree, Mama. Hollywood execs should take note.
In other words, 2013 was a defining year for female-lead films - with the successes of Catching Fire, Frozen, Gravity, The Heat, and to a certain degree, Mama. Hollywood execs should take note.
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7:29PM on 01/10/2014
Calling it a defining year or acting like this is a new idea seems like a bit of a stretch. In 2012, there was The Hunger Games, Twilight, Brave and Snow White. In 2011 there was Twilight, Bridesmaids and Bad Teacher. In 2010 there was Alice in Wonderland, Twilight, Tangled, and Salt. The list goes on. Each year sees a handful of very successful films with lead characters as women. This is hardly a new era in cinema - just another year with some decent movies. Life moves on.
Calling it a defining year or acting like this is a new idea seems like a bit of a stretch. In 2012, there was The Hunger Games, Twilight, Brave and Snow White. In 2011 there was Twilight, Bridesmaids and Bad Teacher. In 2010 there was Alice in Wonderland, Twilight, Tangled, and Salt. The list goes on. Each year sees a handful of very successful films with lead characters as women. This is hardly a new era in cinema - just another year with some decent movies. Life moves on.
9:51PM on 01/10/2014
Yes! Female-led films have been becoming increasingly more common within the last couple of decades. Sorry I didn't state it specifically in the comment, but I meant that this is the first time one of them has actually been crowned top grossing domestic release. Which is pretty cool. :D
Yes! Female-led films have been becoming increasingly more common within the last couple of decades. Sorry I didn't state it specifically in the comment, but I meant that this is the first time one of them has actually been crowned top grossing domestic release. Which is pretty cool. :D
5:57PM on 01/10/2014
Catching Fire was the better movie, so I'm glad it did better. Maybe it's b/c I had low expectations after the first Hunger Games, and high expectations for Iron Man 3, but I enjoyed Catching Fire more. It's sad that some people think this is just a twilight knock-off. It's actually one of the best female lead action movies of recent year, in part due to the fact that Lawrence is a fantastic actress.
Catching Fire was the better movie, so I'm glad it did better. Maybe it's b/c I had low expectations after the first Hunger Games, and high expectations for Iron Man 3, but I enjoyed Catching Fire more. It's sad that some people think this is just a twilight knock-off. It's actually one of the best female lead action movies of recent year, in part due to the fact that Lawrence is a fantastic actress.
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4:15PM on 01/10/2014
Both good films, but I enjoyed Iron Man 3 more. Looking forward to Mockingjay Part 1.
Both good films, but I enjoyed Iron Man 3 more. Looking forward to Mockingjay Part 1.
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4:08PM on 01/10/2014

EVEN THOUGHT WORLDWIDE NUMBERS MATTER MORE THAN DOMESTIC...

... I'm still glad. I gave IRON-MAN an 8/10 and CATCHING FIRE a 9/10.
... I'm still glad. I gave IRON-MAN an 8/10 and CATCHING FIRE a 9/10.
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2:58PM on 01/10/2014
Proof that domestic audience are suckers for lame teen action romantic franchises like HG,Twilight and stinky comedies like Grown ups 2 .i think IM3 is way better film than HG2 even though the villain plot twist sucked and backfired.
Proof that domestic audience are suckers for lame teen action romantic franchises like HG,Twilight and stinky comedies like Grown ups 2 .i think IM3 is way better film than HG2 even though the villain plot twist sucked and backfired.
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6:44PM on 01/10/2014
I agree. The very first thing that came to mind when I heard this news was a guess that the twihards had decided to see the HG several times over.
I agree. The very first thing that came to mind when I heard this news was a guess that the twihards had decided to see the HG several times over.
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2:40PM on 01/10/2014

Good - IM3 sucks balls

Though it WAS much better than IM2.
Though it WAS much better than IM2.
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1:40PM on 01/10/2014

Those are domestic numbers

Worldwide IRON MAN 3 beat HG 2 by like half a billion
Worldwide IRON MAN 3 beat HG 2 by like half a billion
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2:26PM on 01/10/2014
yeah I think worldwide is by far the more important number... honestly don't even understand why people put so much value in domestic numbers
yeah I think worldwide is by far the more important number... honestly don't even understand why people put so much value in domestic numbers
1:39PM on 01/10/2014

After all the screaming about IRON MAN 3's "plot twist",

People are defending it over CATCHING FIRE? CATCHING FIRE did better with critics than IM3 (89% vs 78%) plus no one was complaining about its plot twists. Plus, with CATCHING FIRE, you didn't get the feeling the writers weren't throwing plot ideas at the wall to see what would stick.

I liked them both but CATCHING FIRE was that little bit better, IMO.
People are defending it over CATCHING FIRE? CATCHING FIRE did better with critics than IM3 (89% vs 78%) plus no one was complaining about its plot twists. Plus, with CATCHING FIRE, you didn't get the feeling the writers weren't throwing plot ideas at the wall to see what would stick.

I liked them both but CATCHING FIRE was that little bit better, IMO.
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1:38PM on 01/10/2014

Those are domestic numbers

Worldwide IRON MAN 3 beat HG 2 by like half a billion
Worldwide IRON MAN 3 beat HG 2 by like half a billion
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4:00PM on 01/10/2014
"THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE has surpassed IRON MAN 3's domestic box office"

...They never said they weren't.
"THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE has surpassed IRON MAN 3's domestic box office"

...They never said they weren't.
6:42PM on 01/10/2014
@MrScreen - well the title of the article is "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpasses Iron Man 3 as the top grossing film of 2013"
@MrScreen - well the title of the article is "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpasses Iron Man 3 as the top grossing film of 2013"
1:23PM on 01/10/2014
Boo.
Boo.
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1:20PM on 01/10/2014
good, hope for more 2d blockbusters
good, hope for more 2d blockbusters
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1:16PM on 01/10/2014

These Hunger Games movies

are actually not too bad, but I certainly don't think they are worthy of all this hype they are getting. I don't think Iron Man 3 was that great though, so kudos to beating that I guess, but overall these movies seem way over hyped. I mean the series is not offering anything new in any genre - why are people dying over it so much? I guess after Twilight teens are more easily impressed?
are actually not too bad, but I certainly don't think they are worthy of all this hype they are getting. I don't think Iron Man 3 was that great though, so kudos to beating that I guess, but overall these movies seem way over hyped. I mean the series is not offering anything new in any genre - why are people dying over it so much? I guess after Twilight teens are more easily impressed?
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1:06PM on 01/10/2014
Well done! Catching Fire was a great movie. It was certainly a much more well-crafted story than Iron Man 3. Mockingjay will have a good chance of being the top spot in 2014, I don't see any other releases this year that have potential to beat it. I know Captain America 2 comes out in the summer, but I think the Hunger Games fanbase (both books and movies) outweighs the number of people interested in another Marvel movie. Perhaps I'm getting my dates mixed up but I believe GOTG comes out
Well done! Catching Fire was a great movie. It was certainly a much more well-crafted story than Iron Man 3. Mockingjay will have a good chance of being the top spot in 2014, I don't see any other releases this year that have potential to beat it. I know Captain America 2 comes out in the summer, but I think the Hunger Games fanbase (both books and movies) outweighs the number of people interested in another Marvel movie. Perhaps I'm getting my dates mixed up but I believe GOTG comes out this year too. Depending on how well that's marketed I think that might be the only movie to give Mockingjay Part 1 a run for it's money.
As for 2015, I don't think Hunger Games has a chance in hell of taking the #1 spot at the box office. That's between Star Wars Ep. 7 and Batman/Superman - the fanbase for either franchises blows Hunger Games way out of the water. Besides, the fact they're spltting the final book into two movies I think will work against them. Both movies are obviously going to be stretched a lot since it's such a small book, I think people will overall be put off by splitting the final story into two parts and will probably opt to wait for it to be released on Netflix or OnDemand.
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