‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Clears $200 Million In The US

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues to burn up the box office.

Director Francis Lawrence’s acclaimed follow-up is making a serious chunk of change in North America. According to the numbers posted at Box Office Mojo, the sequel has amassed an impressive $200 million as of Wednesday. These figures don’t include the business generated on Thanksgiving Day.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire made approximately $20 million on Wednesday, slightly ahead of Disney’s animated flick Frozen. The latest family-friendly offering from the studio made around $15 million since opening across the country on November 27. It’s sure to be a favorite this week.

Although Frozen is a good alternative to Catching Fire and its kid-oriented violence, the film may have trouble dominating The Hunger Games at the box office in the US. However, analysts believe the movie is likely to make $80 million during its five-day debut.

The Hollywood Reporter points out that the Jason Statham action flick Homefront could have a very tough time hitting $10 million by Sunday. The movie earned around $1.4 million from 2,572 theaters on Wednesday, which was behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Frozen, and Thor 2.

Unfortunately for Spike Lee and his remake of the South Korea thriller Oldboy, the film isn’t generating a lot of interest from moviegoers this week. Although the film opened in over 580 theaters, analysts believe it could have trouble reaching the $2 million by Sunday.

Also opening in theaters this week are Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan’s drama Philomena and director Kasi Lemmons’s Black Nativity. The flick features such acclaimed actors and actresses as Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson.

While other movies are hit and miss at the box office, The Hunger Games sequel is jogging right along. In addition to doing strong business in the US, the movie is also a hit overseas. As of this writing, the movie has earned $146 million from audiences overseas.

Catching Fire was reportedly a serious contender at the box office in China last week, though a certain sci-fi drama starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock managed to steal a bit of the follow-up’s cinematic thunder. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity earned around $36 million during its first six days in theaters.

When pouring over this weekend’s box office numbers, remember to keep one thing in mind: these numbers are estimates. The Inquisitr previously reported that Catching Fire actually made around $3 million less than the numbers suggested last weekend.

Are you planning to catching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in theaters this weekend?