Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013 with an estimated domestic cume to date of $409.4 million in its first 49 days of release, the company announced Friday.
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 Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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 CEO Jon Feltheimer.
The next two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, are currently in production for release on Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.
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