The Hunger Games: Catching Fire enjoys the third-biggest opening of the year in the UK

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November 2013….

After two weekends atop the chart, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity was knocked down to second this past week as the Jennifer Lawrence-headlined The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ignited the UK box office with a hefty £12,189,733 opening weekend (including £2.07 million in previews). This is a big improvement on the original, with The Hunger Games debuting with £4.9 million, and the third biggest opening of 2013 after fellow sequels Despicable Me 2 (£14.8 million) and Iron Man 3 (£13.7 million).

Catching Fire wasn’t the only winner this past weekend, with Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special ‘The Day of the Doctor’ enjoying a solid £1,798,629 haul – certainly impressive considering the majority of this came from a single 3D screening across 440 venues on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, two other newcomers landed in the top ten, with the Robert De Niro mob comedy The Family opening in ninth with £444,659, followed by violinist Andre Rieu’s latest concert film Home for Christmas 2013 in ninth with £290,173.

Number one this time last year: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – £12,189,733 weekend (New)
2. Gravity – £2,389,193 weekend; £19,444,886 total (3 weeks)
3. Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor – £1,798,629 weekend (New)
4. Thor: The Dark World – £722,811 weekend; £18,456,032 total (4 weeks)
5. The Butler – £613,877 weekend; £2,032,072 total (2 weeks)
6. Philomena – £541,068 weekend; £8,866,771 total (4 weeks)
7. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – £474,178 weekend; £11,547,869 total (5 weeks)
8. The Family – £444,659 weekend (New)
9. Andre Rieu: Home for Christmas 2013 – £290,173 weekend (New)
10. Turbo – £254,821 weekend; £11,217,779 total (6 weeks)

Incoming…

Expect The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to make it two weeks out of two at the top of the UK box office, despite several new arrivals this Friday including the Chloe Grace Moretz-headlined Carrie (cert. 15), Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks (cert. PG) starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, comedy sequel The Best Man Holiday (cert. 15), CG-animated comedies Saving Santa (cert. TBC) and Free Birds (cert. U) and and Francois Ozon’s latest Jeune & jolie (cert.18) [read our review here].