‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Rapidly Approaching $600 Million Worldwide

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is well on its way to crossing $600 million worldwide.

In fact, the follow-up to the 2012 box office hit could already have that much scratch in the cinematic bank. However, the figures currently posted over at Box Office Mojo indicate that the flick has earned approximately $572 million from audiences around the globe.

The numbers were last updated by the website on December 1, which means the movie has probably crossed the $600 million mark as of this writing. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also has around $296 million in the bank domestically, which means it’s probably well past $300 million at this point.

The Inquisitr previously reported that the follow-up made $110.1 million over the Thanksgiving holiday, an amount that helped the flick break the previous box office record. Catching Fire and Disney animated endeavor Frozen made a combined $200 million from moviegoers over the extended weekend.

Unfortunately for fans who can’t wait for the next installment of the popular series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 isn’t scheduled to arrive in theaters until November of next year. In other words, folks have a long wait to see what happens to Katniss Everdeen and her big-screen cohorts.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ends with quite a cliffhanger, which makes the wait that much more painful. During his conversation with The Huffington Post last month, director Francis Lawrence said he loves ending stories with a cliffhanger.

“I became really obsessed with ‘Breaking Bad’ while we were making this and binge-watched the entire series up until these last eight episodes while we were making ‘Catching Fire.’ And the more I watched those episodes, I just became sort of convinced that you can do that kind of stuff with movies, too,” Lawrence said.

The director also explained that there’s still shooting left to do on the second part of Mockingjay. The cast and crew were getting back to work after the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We start shooting again in Atlanta right after Thanksgiving until December 20th, then we break for Christmas and then we shoot for three more months in Atlanta and two months in Europe. We’re mostly shooting in sequence except for a scene here and there,” the filmmaker recently explained to the website.

Considering there are very few major releases hitting theaters this Friday (December 6), chances are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will remain at the top of the cinematic pile come this Sunday. Are you surprised that the sequel is such a huge box office hit?