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Saturday, 11 January 2014

'Catching Fire' Catches, Passes 'Iron Man' as 2013's Biggest Movie

'Catching Fire' and 'Iron Man 3' (Photo: Lionsgate/Marvel)

Sorry, Tony Stark, but Katniss Everdeen has caught you in her crosshairs and adeptly taken you down.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" just surpassed $409 million (by $400,000) on Thursday night at the U.S. box office, beating what had previously been 2013's No. 1 movie in America — "Iron Man 3" (which made $409 mil, and not as much change).

Yes, "Catching Fire" is now the victor of all films released in 2013.
But Tony can rest easy: His flick still holds the 2013 title for the top spot worldwide, having earned more than $1.2 billion. ("Catching Fire" is at No. 3, just behind "Despicable Me 2," with a tad more than $832 million in global earnings.)

The female-led "Hunger Games" flick not only beat the Marvel favorite but also bested itself, surpassing the $408 million it made last year with its series opener. It marks the first time ever that the first two installments of a series has surpassed $400 million, Lionsgate boasted in a press release on Friday.

When it comes to a woman-led box-office champ, "It's a rare thing," says industry analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "Most blockbuster franchises are built around male lead actors," he says, adding, "Of course, both 'The Twilight Saga' and 'Harry Potter' had female characters in essential and key roles, but Jennifer Lawrence is the true center of this film and the movie really rests on her shoulders."

"Catching Fire," starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and based on the wildly popular book series by Suzanne Collins, 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. It has already become the 13th highest-grossing North American release in history. And yeah, you can still catch it in theaters.
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