THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Becomes Domestic Top Grossing Film of 2013 with $409.4 Million

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Though 2013 was filled with plenty of superhero and blockbuster films that did solid business at the box office, it appears that Katniss has come out the victor.  Lionsgate announced today that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has now grossed $409.4 million domestically, which surges past Iron Man 3’s $409.0 million total to make Catching Fire the top grossing film of 2013.  That’s quite an impressive feat considering Catching Fire didn’t enjoy the 3D surcharge that other top grossing 2013 films like Man of Steel and Despicable Me 2 did.  In fact, Catching Fire and Fast & Furious 6 are the only films in 2013’s Top 10 highest grossers that didn’t play in 3D.  Catching Fire’s worldwide total now stands at an astounding $832.2 million, and it’s the first film with a solo female lead to take the top box office spot since 1973′s The Exorcist.  Here’s hoping Catching Fire‘s success is a sign of things to come.  The series continues with this November’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

For more on 2013′s box office, be sure to check out our resident math genius Brendan’s latest installment of Cinemath, which features a fascinating and in-depth look at last year’s box office.  Read the full press release after the jump.

the-hunger-games-catching-fire-poster-finalHere’s the press release:

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE BLAZES TO $409.4 MILLION AT THE DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE, BECOMING #1 FILM OF 2013 

First Time In History That First Two Installments of A Franchise Generate Over $400 Million at the Domestic Box Office

SANTA MONICA, CA, and VANCOUVER, BC, January 10, 2014 – Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013 as it grossed an estimated $493,000 last night for an estimated domestic cume to date of $409.4 million in its first 49 days of release, the Company announced today.

Catching Fire, which 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, has already become the 13th highest-grossing North American release in history and remains in wide release.  It passed the first Hunger Games film, which grossed $408 million at the domestic box office, on Tuesday and is the fifth fastest film ever to reach the $400 million mark at the domestic box office.

The success of Catching Fire marks the first time the first two installments of a franchise have each topped $400 million at the domestic box office, and both films now rank among the top 15 domestic film releases in history.  Catching Fire has also grossed $428.8 million internationally for a worldwide box office total of $838.2 million in its first seven weeks of release compared to $691 million worldwide box office generated during the entire run of the first Hunger Games film.  The Company noted that Catching Fire is the first 2D film to become the top-grossing film of the year since 2008.

The Hunger Games franchise continues to evolve into a truly global phenomenon,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer.  “The success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a testament to the vision of author Suzanne Collins, the sure hand of director Francis Lawrence, the brilliant performances of a remarkably talented cast led by the amazing Jennifer Lawrence and superb execution by our motion picture production, marketing and distribution teams.  We will continue to grow the transformative Hunger Gamesfranchise in the years to come even as we continue to develop a dynamic portfolio of premium new brands.”

The next two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, are currently in production for release on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.




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  • Bryce Forestieri

    GRAVITY just passed MAN OF STEEL’s worldwide box office as well which is also insane.

    • eternalozzie

      chick flicks in spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!

      • Sten

        Since The Exorcist 1973, which had Max von Sydow as the lead. But okay…

        I would say Ellen Ripley and his pet did finally get serious competition! And I’m okay with that since Gravity and Catching Fire turned out to be two of the best blockbusters of the year. Congratulations and I’m excited for 2014. And even more for 2015. Female lead in the new Star Wars?

      • Sten

        Since The Exorcist 1973, which had Max von Sydow as the lead. But okay…

        I would say Ellen Ripley and his pet did finally get serious competition! And I’m okay with that since Gravity and Catching Fire turned out to be two of the best blockbusters of the year. Congratulations and I’m excited for 2014. And even more for 2015. Female lead in the new Star Wars?

  • Doug_101

    Not trying to be a nitpick here, but if it made the last bit in 2014, does it still qualify as the “#1 movie of 2013?” Again, not being jerky about it, I’m legitimately curious. I could care less which one of them ends up on top of the list.

    • Harry

      The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 release so it is the top grossing film of 2013. You wouldn’t call it a 2014 release. It goes by release dates. Return of the King is the #1 movie of 2003, but it reached it in 2004. Not that uncommon. Same with Avatar.

    • Bryce Forestieri

      Legit question. All box-office counts towards the year of release for records’ sake. Avatar, for instance, made a shitload of money in 2010 but the total corresponds to 2009.

    • AdamK

      Yeap it still counts. This type of system is generally accepted for boxoffice.

    • Jack Bauer

      Ya Disney wouldn’t release Star Wars at the end of 2015 if they didn’t have a chance to be the biggest gross. Plus Catching Fire sold more tickets thant Iron man before years end it just didn’t have the 3d premium to artificially inflate the box office in time. If they had that Catching Fire would be over 450 by now.

  • Person

    Misleading title — it’s the highest grossing film of 2013 domestically, but Iron Man 3 still blows it out of the water when factoring international grosses.

    Congratulations are in order anyway, though. As pointed out, good to see a film with a strong female lead making boatloads of money. Those CF was an improvement of the first film even though it was essentially a remake, so I’m looking forward to the sequels.

    • Person

      *Thought CF was…

    • Davis

      Yes a total BR rip off plus the movies stink

      • Jack Bauer

        Whats BR?

    • DjangoBro

      How is it misleading? It clearly says DOMESTIC… Jesus… You guys need to read more.

    • The Flobbit

      Agreed. Iron Man 3 had the China factor; it’s still the higher grossing movie.

  • Drake

    Well congratulations! This deserves it (well, more so than Iron Man 3). I was more than happy to shell out the ridiculous IMAX price for this one. Bring on Mockingjay!

  • milo

    Great movie and well deserving to be #1 domestic for the year. And I’m very excited about the last two, the last book is dark but really great.

    Funny to look back at the opening weekend of Catching Fire and see all the hand wringing about it being a disappointment. Now it’s past the first one and the biggest grosser of the year.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    It did it without 3-D people
    That means more people saw it in theaters than iron man 3

    • Leo Spaceman

      I guess fan girls are more powerful than fan boys. Get ready for more twilight, divergent, and other sappy girls dropping their panties for dreamy guys as performed by bad actors with 6 pack abs.

      • Alberto

        Actually, one of the reasons why CF was a box office hit is because the audience is not limited to “fangirls.” The Hunger Games is a movie that appeals to all audiences, even old people.

      • The Flobbit

        Please tell me how The Hunger Games, basically a story of teens murdering each other in a ring, appeals to old people? And kids?

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        … It’s a good dramatic movie you can talk about with a lot of people
        Not plenty of movies like these nowadays
        By the way it’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it’s about it
        Dumb shit

      • The Flobbit

        Wow. Come back when you have a legitimate answer, have passed second grade, know how to use the ENTER key, and also watched a few “good dramatic movies”. Go away, troll.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        I could literally hear your neckbeard as you were typing this

        I know more about movies than you’d ever imagine
        You piece of shit
        Hunger games catching fire >>> iron man 3
        Deal with it

      • Jack Bauer

        Because its a story about people overthrowing an oppressive government. It has action, romance, drama and good special effects.

      • The Flobbit

        “People overthrowing an oppressive government”, and these stories are more immortal and relevant how? Than for instance, a story of an underdog, or a classic hero’s journey, or a love story?

        Don’t get me wrong, I loved Catching Fire, but Pirates of the Caribbean had action, romance, drama and good special effects. Catching Fire is clearly a great film, but it is not aimed at all ages.

      • Jack Bauer

        A classic heros journey of controlling 15 iron man suits at one time to go after a villain and save the day again is not as gritty and captivating. Comic books were written at a childs reading level. Hunger Games is more advanced than comics.

      • The Flobbit

        Who the hell brought Iron Man into the picture? I was more thinking Gravity, and for your information, comics such as Watchmen, Persepolis, Barefoot Gen, and V for Vendetta are all extremely advanced, thought-provoking, legitimate literature.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        What dumbasses like you can’t comprehend is that hunger games appeal to every demographics
        Stop the misogynist attitude and get a girl

      • The Flobbit

        Stop the racist, offensive, stereotyping, ignorant, repulsive, uneducated, jingoistic, idiotic crap and get a dictionary. God, I am fed up to *HERE* with you!

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Who the fuck do you think you are you ignoramus piece of shit!!!??
        I don’t give a fuck what you think

    • The Flobbit

      More people saw Iron Man 3 by a longshot, internationally, of course.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Lol
        Keep telling yourself that

        Strong female character beat neck bearded fanboy’s idol anytime
        Get over it

      • The Flobbit

        Get over yourself, you pitiful excuse for a human being. Numbers do not lie; more people saw Iron Man 3 than The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. You may not like that, but it is a fact.

      • Jack Bauer

        You asked who brought Iron Man into the picture. You did several times.

      • The Flobbit

        The only reason I brought Iron Man 3 into the picture was because it made more money than Catching Fire abroad, AND more people saw it. Then you go dissing it for no reason.

      • Jack Bauer

        I dunno you seem to be a little upset and touchy about it passing Iron Man in North America without 3d. Catching Fire is simply a much better movie than Iron Man 3. Much better.

      • The Flobbit

        I really don’t care who made more money than who. And I never said IM3 was better than Catching Fire. Please stop putting words in my mouth. A trained CIA operative such as yourself should know how to argue civilly.

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  • Jack Bauer

    Gotta love the Marvel fans. Everytime Avengers passed something on the domestic list they celebrated. Now they want to do away with even keeping track of domestic box office and only track worldwide because their movie got beat. Hilarious trolls.

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