22 November 2013 8:40 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There was no question The Hunger Games: Catching Fire would be a big hit.  The only question was how big since it didn't have a 3D boost, but it did have IMAX.  Variety reports the highly-anticipated and well-reviewed sequel earned $25.2 million from domestic opening night screenings, and is now on track for a $160 million weekend.  If it surpasses that number it will break the record for biggest opening weekend for a 2D movie (a record currently held by The Dark Knight Rises, which opened to $160.9 million).  If Catching Fire sticks to analyst predictions, it should handily take the record for biggest November opening, which currently belongs to The Twilight Saga: New Moon.  That's what happens when your movie has crossover appeal. While 2012's The Hunger Games has the record for biggest opening weekend in March ($152 million), it looks like the Thanksgiving weekend will be a comfortable home for the franchise »

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