The fireworks began with the official Friday opening day gross of $71Mincluding $25.3M from Thursday night shows. Saturday dipped 26% to $52.6Mwhile Sunday fell 34% to $34.5M. The first HungerGames fell 25% Saturday then 31% on Sunday although that wasa March release when there was no NFL football that day. A deep freezeacross the northeast and midwest on Sunday may also have impacted the entiremoviegoing landscape. Many industry observers were expecting an even largerdebut north of $170M, however regardless of expectations, this tentpoledelivered sensational results and will certainly be a profitable venture.
Overseas, Catching Fire rolled outacross 62 territories this weekend grossing a sensational $146.6M includingthe first full week in Brazil which opened a week earlier. Lionsgate reportedthat it more than doubled the first movie's openings in most major territories.The global tally sits at $305M and the smash hit could crush the half-billionmark after next weekend. 2b1af7f3a8