Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
Never underestimate the power of Katniss Everdeen.
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire certainly lived up to its name this weekend, shattering a November record at the box office with an estimated $161.1 million in earnings. Not only is that about $10 million more than the original Hunger Games made in its opening weekend in 2012, but would also make Catching Fire the fourth-highest opening weekend ever, and the top grossing debut for a 2D-only movie, Box Office Mojo reports.
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Landing in second place, and ending its two-week reign at No. 1, was Thor: The Dark World with $14.1 million. The Best Man Holiday also dropped a spot to No. 3 with $12.5 million.
The Vince Vaughn comedy Delivery Man debuted at No. 4 with $8.2 million, followed by Free Birds with $5.3 million.
Last Vegas came in sixth place with $4.4 million, and Bad Grandpa earned $3.5 million for a seventh-place finish.
In its eighth week in theaters, Gravity held strong in eighth place with $3.3 million, while 12 Years a Slave dropped a spot to No. 9 with $2.8 million.
And, after opening wide this weekend, Dallas Buyers Club edged into the Top 10 with $2.8 million.
What did you see this weekend?