The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Is the Biggest November Opening Ever, Beats Out Twilight

Hunger Games Catching Fire LA Premiere

Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson at the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premiere in Los Angeles, CA
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The sequel to the the “Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” opened with a $161.1 million at the box office. This  narrowly beat “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” in 2009 at $142.9 million (thank God). It is the highest-grossing November opening of all time. The movie was just short of beating out “Iron Man 3” for the best movie opening of the year at $174 million.

It grossed enough to secure the the number 4 spot on the list of top opening weekends of all time, just below “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” ($169.2 million), “The Dark Knight Rises” ($160.9 million), and the highest-grossing Marvel’s “The Avengers” at $207 million.

The first “Hunger Games” movie grossed $152-million opening weekend, and some are attributing the success of the second one to more male followers. An Exit-poll found that the audience is 12% more male than the first film, making the male audience about 41%. The audience was evenly split between viewers over and under 25.

For those of you who saw the movie and read the books, you understand why it did so well. The movie was as close to the book as you can get, and although I watched it after a long week and day of work, I was alert the entire time.

In this movie we got to see a bit more of Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and how important to the story line his character actually is. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson do a great job (like before) at portraying the feelings and thoughts of their characters – you really believe them.

The movie introduced us to two new important characters, Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) and Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), who are just as bitchy and full of themselves as the book lets on. At this rate, we know we can expect a lot from the next “Hunger Games” movie, “Mockingjay Part 1.”

Did you see the movie this weekend, what did you think of it?

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