‘Catching Fire’ ablaze at box office with $135M

By The Associated Press
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This publicity photo released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence, left, as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a scene from the film, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)

This publicity photo released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence, left, as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a scene from the film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)

Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has grossed $70.5 million domestically and $64 million internationally, bringing its total to $135 million, the studio reported on Saturday.

Numbers were from Friday’s opening day, but includes some scattered preview shows on Thursday night. The sequel gained $25.3 million from Thursday night screenings.

Totals for “Catching Fire” are an expected to reach $150 million domestically over the weekend, though some reports estimated a $170 million opener.

The impressive opening of “Catching Fire” will mark the biggest November opening ever and the eighth-highest domestic opening to date. “The Hunger Games,” with $67.3 million its opening night, was the sixth-largest weekend opener with $152.5 million. “The Avengers” sits at No. 1 with $207.4 million.

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