The Hunger Games: Catching Fire smashes box office record

News Simon Brew 25 Nov 2013 - 06:39

Might the success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire unlock more female-headlined blockbuster movies?

If Warner Bros was still umming and ahing over the possibility of a Wonder Woman movie, then the box office numbers this past weekend may well have helped make a decision somewhere along the line. That's because The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened, and opened to remarkably huge box office numbers.

In the US, the new film posted a $70.5m opening day, on the way to a $161.1m opening weekend. That smashes the previous record for a November opening in America, which previously sat at $142.8m for Twilight: New Moon.

Furthermore, the film is the fourth biggest opener of all time in the US, sitting behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2. And there are two more cinematic chapters of this story still to be told.

Outside of the US, the film's been enjoying similar success. Its UK opening more than doubled what the first film made in same time period, whilst Lionsgate has already banked $146m in non-American territories. The film's running total stands at $307m in under a week.

And the added importance of all of this? That The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a blockbuster movie headlined by a female star. There may be a couple more factors at play here, but don't underestimate the Jennifer Lawrence factor. Studios have for a long time been reluctant to back female-headlined blockbusters to any great degree. The success of The Hunger Games films will hopefully open a few eyes, and might just make that Wonder Woman film a lot more likely.

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