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11/21/2013 (4 months ago)

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Sequel to 'Hunger Games' expected to do exceptionally well

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," is doing just that; there are expectations that the film will gross $150 million domestically with a possible $300 million-plus weekend worldwide. Still others think the domestic take could climb as high as $160 million, which would easily beat the previous November record-holder, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

'Catching Fire' has the potential to claim the second-highest domestic opening of all time, eclipsing 'Iron Man 3' at $174 million.

"Catching Fire" has the potential to claim the second-highest domestic opening of all time, eclipsing "Iron Man 3" at $174 million.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/21/2013 (4 months ago)

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Keywords: Catching Fire, Hunger Games, box office, domestic grosses


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Lionsgate is launching "Catching Fire" at approximately 4,100 domestic locations today.

Prospects for the sequel have been sky-high. Most pundits remain conservative, however, to predict a specific amount for "Catching Fire." The sequel should outdo its predecessor's $142 million opening in March 2012. Anything beyond that is less certain.

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"Catching Fire" has the potential to claim the second-highest domestic opening of all time, eclipsing "Iron Man 3" at $174 million. However, no other film has reached such heights in the month of November. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" holds the largest three-day debut for this month, at $142 million.

Disney-Marvel's "The Avengers" has had the largest domestic opening. with $207.4 million. Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" has the biggest worldwide debut with $483 million.

"Catching Fire," coupled with Warner-New Line's "The Hobbit" sequel, "The Desolation of Smaug," on Dec. 13 will provide the domestic box office with some new excitement. Motion picture attendance has been dwindling months of this year.

Disney is braving the "Hunger Games" bonanza by launching DreamWorks' Vince Vaughn comedy "Delivery Man" at roughly 2,800 domestic play dates tomorrow. The film is meant to provide counter-programming mainly for adults. Despite that "Hunger Games" also has a significant over-25 years of age fan base.

Star Jennifer Lawrence, in addition to winning a best actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook," has become Hollywood's newest "It"-girl since the last "Hunger Games."

As with the original, "Catching Fire" bows in Imax worldwide and other premium large-format locations. The PLF engagements will help lift the film's bottom line, considering it doesn't have 3D to goose grosses.

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