Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has ignited the global box office with its opening weekend as the Jennifer Lawrence-headlined sequel amassed a huge $307.7 million haul around the globe, including a $161.1 million domestic weekend – a record for November openings, and the fourth biggest debut of all-time behind The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($169.2 million).
With two weekends to go before arrival of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should have no trouble overtaking its predecessor, which earned $691.2 million ($408 million from North America and $283.2 million). The film is reportedly doing double the business of The Hunger Games in most markets, so there’s a good chance that it could go on to break the $1 billion mark globally, which would make it the second film to do so this year, but only time will tell whether it will have enough in the tank to challenge Iron Man 3′s $1.215 billion for the title of the year’s biggest-earner.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence and sees Jennifer Lawrence joined in the cast by Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Paula Malcomson, Willow Shields, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright. Read our ★★★★ review here.