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Weekend Box Office Report: November 22-24, 2013

Nov. 24, 2013by:

Hunger Games takes a huge box office bite!

The odds were clearly in favor of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE -- the sequel opened this weekend with a colossal $161.1 million!

That means CATCHING FIRE had the biggest November opening of all time ($25 million of which came from Thursday night shows), far ahead of three TWILIGHTs and three HARRY POTTERs. It's also marks the second-highest opening weekend of 2013, behind IRON MAN 3's $174.1 million. And it's the fourth-biggest opening weekend ever, inching past THE DARK KNIGHT and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (not to mention the first HUNGER GAMES, which opened with $152.5 million in May 2012 and went on to $408 million domestically).

Katniss captivated the world at large -- THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE has gathered a global total of $307.7 million, and seems on pace to surpass the $691.2 worldwide final of THE HUNGER GAMES.

Crowds and critics alike were ravenous for the ever-loveable Jennifer Lawrence and the bleak futuristic death contest, giving it an 'A' CinemaScore and a current 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. And with the holiday coming up, CATCHING FIRE is poised for another whopper of a weekend.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD got hammered down to second place with $14.1 million for its third weekend (a mortal drop of 61% from last week), but the Asgardian's latest adventure is up to $548.8 million worldwide, substantially more than a Mjolnir-throw above the first THOR's $449.3 million total.

Not far below the Thunder Hunk was THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY in third with $12.5 million (a 58% slash off its opening) and a 10-day total of $50.3 million. The sequel's attractive cast was obviously more appealing than the latest comedic attempt by Vince Vaughn, whose new DELIVERY MAN got left on the doorstep in fourth with an opening of just $8.2 million. On the plus side, the few people who did pay to see it gave the movie a 'B+' CinemaScore...

FREE BIRDS and LAST VEGAS are still battling with each other for placement on the list, although the latter seems the wiser investment so far ($53.9 million total against a reported cost of $28 million).

JACKASS PRESENTS BAD GRANDPA and GRAVITY followed behind picking up the scraps left in CATCHING FIRE's embers, along with awards favorites 12 YEARS A SLAVE and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, which pops into the Top 10 with $2.7 million as it expanded onto 666 screens (hail Satan).

Outside the chart, ENDER'S GAME, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and ABOUT TIME were slain at the Cornucopia, while in limited release, Dame Judi Dench got attention for her performance in PHILOMENA, which started out with a $33k per-screen average. Additionally, for some reason Disney opened their new animated feature FROZEN on a single screen and collected a cool $238k.

Wednesday of this week presents a few new challengers to Panem's finest: the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY, the Jason Statham/James Franco showdown HOMEFRONT (written by Sly Stallone), Spike Lee's remake of the Korean thriller OLDBOY, and Disney's latest computer-animated offering FROZEN, while PHILOMENA and the drama THE BOOK THIEF expand out of limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $161.1 M
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2. Thor: The Dark World $14.1 M $167.8 M
3. The Best Man Holiday $12.5 M $50.3 M
4. Delivery Man $8.2 M
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5. Free Birds $5.3 M $48.5 M
6. Last Vegas $4.4 M $53.9 M
7. Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa $3.4 M $95.4 M
8. Gravity $3.3 M $245.5 M
9. 12 Years a Slave $2.8 M $29.3 M
10. Dallas Buyers Club $2.7 M $6.4 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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1:41PM on 11/25/2013
I liked Catching Fire. Yeah it's kind of a ripoff of Battle Royale but it's pretty damn entertaining than a lot of book series turned to movies. as for delivery man, I like vince vaughn but the plot for this movie seemed really preposterous and i think vaughn needs to get back with favreau and make another flick.
I liked Catching Fire. Yeah it's kind of a ripoff of Battle Royale but it's pretty damn entertaining than a lot of book series turned to movies. as for delivery man, I like vince vaughn but the plot for this movie seemed really preposterous and i think vaughn needs to get back with favreau and make another flick.
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4:57AM on 11/25/2013
Enjoyed Catching Fire, looked great in IMAX.
Looking forward to seeing Honest Trailers take the piss out of Peeta, a truly stupid character.

After seeing The Heat on its release a few months ago and being extremely underwhelmed, I sat through it again, not by choice, on DVD, it's awful.
Enjoyed Catching Fire, looked great in IMAX.
Looking forward to seeing Honest Trailers take the piss out of Peeta, a truly stupid character.

After seeing The Heat on its release a few months ago and being extremely underwhelmed, I sat through it again, not by choice, on DVD, it's awful.
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1:55AM on 11/25/2013
Not enough red bars in the comment section, so I figure I start it off by saying I can care less about the hunger games. There! down vote me!
Not enough red bars in the comment section, so I figure I start it off by saying I can care less about the hunger games. There! down vote me!
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8:49AM on 11/25/2013
Don't feed the troll.
Don't feed the troll.
11:42AM on 11/25/2013
Dont have too feed the trolls, they will down vote me if any of my comments are against their precious little Jennifer Lawrence or anything she does. Look below, over 40 plus negative votes cuz I dont care for this movie franchise or the actress.
Dont have too feed the trolls, they will down vote me if any of my comments are against their precious little Jennifer Lawrence or anything she does. Look below, over 40 plus negative votes cuz I dont care for this movie franchise or the actress.
12:59PM on 11/25/2013
But yet you waste so much time telling everyone what you think of a franchise you have no interest in.
But yet you waste so much time telling everyone what you think of a franchise you have no interest in.
11:58PM on 11/24/2013
I suspect that Thor 2 opened overseas first so it would get good reviews and have a lot of people show up on the first weekend but I think it would have been better for Thor 2 to have had more than one week in the U.S. before Hunger Games 2 came out.
I suspect that Thor 2 opened overseas first so it would get good reviews and have a lot of people show up on the first weekend but I think it would have been better for Thor 2 to have had more than one week in the U.S. before Hunger Games 2 came out.
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10:12AM on 11/25/2013
Totally agreeing with you...
Totally agreeing with you...
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10:26PM on 11/24/2013

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I can't believe Hunger Games got that much. The last one was so horrible. I saw Thor. Thought it was okay. Heh. I can't wait for Oldboy!
I can't believe Hunger Games got that much. The last one was so horrible. I saw Thor. Thought it was okay. Heh. I can't wait for Oldboy!
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8:38PM on 11/24/2013
I kinda hope Oldboy tanks, because fuck Spike Lee.
I kinda hope Oldboy tanks, because fuck Spike Lee.
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7:54PM on 11/24/2013
Disney has got to be disappointed with the numbers on Thor domestically. Surprised it had such a large drop
Disney has got to be disappointed with the numbers on Thor domestically. Surprised it had such a large drop
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10:08AM on 11/25/2013
Not surprising. They knew HG2 would open in the $100/150M range... That's why I'm surprised the didn't opened it at the same time as in Europe to give the movie one more WE to do business... Still, so far, the Thor franchise as been the least successful of the MCU, so, even with the expected post-Avengers boost, this is still good numbers (especially overseas).
Not surprising. They knew HG2 would open in the $100/150M range... That's why I'm surprised the didn't opened it at the same time as in Europe to give the movie one more WE to do business... Still, so far, the Thor franchise as been the least successful of the MCU, so, even with the expected post-Avengers boost, this is still good numbers (especially overseas).
10:30AM on 11/25/2013
Why in the world would they be disappointed? It's already made it's budget back in the states alone and right now is estimated to finish between $210-$220 which would be a 20-25% increase from the first movie, which isn't as big as The post Avengers bump that Iron Man 3 got (a 30% increase from Iron Man 2) but waaaaaay better than most sequels. Also, most analysts were expecting it to gross about $200 Mill, so in that regard, it's on par to slightly exceed expectations.
Why in the world would they be disappointed? It's already made it's budget back in the states alone and right now is estimated to finish between $210-$220 which would be a 20-25% increase from the first movie, which isn't as big as The post Avengers bump that Iron Man 3 got (a 30% increase from Iron Man 2) but waaaaaay better than most sequels. Also, most analysts were expecting it to gross about $200 Mill, so in that regard, it's on par to slightly exceed expectations.
7:27PM on 11/24/2013
Over a $150 million, good showing. I remember the first film making almost twice its budget in the opening weekend, which is probably why Catching Fire was granted a much larger budget.
Over a $150 million, good showing. I remember the first film making almost twice its budget in the opening weekend, which is probably why Catching Fire was granted a much larger budget.
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5:47PM on 11/24/2013
Hunger Games is number 1, Whoopie F@$#ing Doo.
Hunger Games is number 1, Whoopie F@$#ing Doo.
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1:57AM on 11/25/2013
My spidey sense is telling me that maybe some people may have voted more than once.
My spidey sense is telling me that maybe some people may have voted more than once.
12:16PM on 11/25/2013
Very accurate your spider sens seems to be, I'm afraid...
I did find HG1 entertaining, but I don't see why I SHOULD downvote you (even less more than once), for disagreeing with me on this one... This is getting ridiculous...
Very accurate your spider sens seems to be, I'm afraid...
I did find HG1 entertaining, but I don't see why I SHOULD downvote you (even less more than once), for disagreeing with me on this one... This is getting ridiculous...
3:53PM on 11/24/2013
LOL. I finally saw Gravity yesterday.

Funny how having a life makes me feel like I DON'T have a life while on a movie geek website.
LOL. I finally saw Gravity yesterday.

Funny how having a life makes me feel like I DON'T have a life while on a movie geek website.
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3:29PM on 11/24/2013
Hunger Games: Catching Fire deserves every penny and praise that it has been receiving. It was alot of fun and really a great film that surpasses the first film in every way. It's going to be a long, excruciating wait until Mockingjay Part 1.

Still want to see Delivery Man despite low Box Office numbers. It's looks like a good light hearted funny film.

Will be checking out Homeland and Oldboy this week. Excited for both, but in more the former than I am the latter.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire deserves every penny and praise that it has been receiving. It was alot of fun and really a great film that surpasses the first film in every way. It's going to be a long, excruciating wait until Mockingjay Part 1.

Still want to see Delivery Man despite low Box Office numbers. It's looks like a good light hearted funny film.

Will be checking out Homeland and Oldboy this week. Excited for both, but in more the former than I am the latter.
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