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In a surprise to roughly no one, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a massive, massive hit. Then again, the question when the film opened wasn’t “is it going to work” but “how big is it?” Answer: A little over $160 Million.

Film Weekend Per Screen Total
1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $161,125,000 $38,704 $161,125,000
2 Thor: The Dark World $14,117,000 (-61.4) $3,802 $167,837,000
3 The Best Man Holiday $12,522,000 (-58.4) $6,135 $50,391,000
4 Delivery Man $8,215,000 $2,706 $8,215,000
5 Free Birds $5,300,000 (-34.6)
$1,726 $48,594,000
6 Last Vegas $4,400,000 (-47.9) $1,504 $53,926,000
7 Bad Grandpa $3,450,000 (-53.5) $1,314 $95,451,000
8 Gravity $3,305,000 (-39.2) $1,791 $245,503,000
9 12 Years a Slave $2,800,000 (-39.2) $1,900 $29,393,000
10 Dallas Buyers Club $2,770,000 (+58.2) $4,159 $6,450,000

With Thanksgiving weekend coming up, the possibility that Catching Fire doesn’t get to $400 Million is nil. Next weekend it should be off around 50%, but even so, that’s a lot of money. The only real competition for the top slot is Frozen, and if the five day total is strong it should be pretty close to $300 Million by the end of ten days. It’s now got the fourth highest opening weekend of all time, though the final Harry Potter opened to a slightly bigger number and didn’t clear $400 Million domestic. The question is if The Hunger Games is growing their audience.

The good news is that the film is growing its audience internationally. While the first film offered a bigger domestic cume than international, with Catching Fire worldwide is keeping pace, and the film has already made over $300 Million worldwide. It’s hard to say if the film will cross the billion dollar threshold, but it’s in that conversation.

Thor 2 opening well a couple weeks back but The Hunger Games 2 is going to pass its domestic cume by tomorrow, which makes the Norse god look that much smaller. Then again, The Dark World just hasn’t held, and it may not get over $200 Million domestic. Regardless, the film has played well internationally, so no worries for Marvel. In this case, the problem could have been the early November release date. The Best Man Holiday may have been front loaded box office-wise, but it was cheap. A $60-$70 Million cume should have been on the high end of what was expected, and the sequel’s already been greenlit.

Delivery Man was DOA. Vince Vaughn‘s now 0/2 this year. Bad Grandpa will definitely cross the hundred million dollar mark, which Captain Phillips did out of the top ten, while Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave are holding to the bottom of the chart. Things aren’t looking great for 12 Years, in that it looks like it might top out at $50 Million (if that), which puts it on the low end of Best Picture box office. And if the film makes old people feel too uncomfortable, forget it. But there’s still a lot of time on the Oscar clock.

Reality Check: As Steve Wonder sang, “Too High.” Alas.

What did you watch this weekend?