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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surprised no one by setting a new record for a November opening.  Earning an estimated $161.1 million from 4,136 locations, the high-profile sequel easily topped the previous record of $142.8 million, set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009.  Perhaps more significantly, Catching Fire also managed to place fourth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, putting it ahead of both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Here is what the top ten looks like, as of this morning: Title Opening 1. Marvel’s The Avengers $207.4 2. Iron Man 3 $174.1 3. Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 2 $169.1 4. Catching Fire $161.1 5. The Dark Knight Rises $160.8 6. The Dark Knight $158.4 7. The Hunger Games $152.5 8. Spider-Man 3 $151.1 9. Twilight Saga: New Moon $142.8 10. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 $141 Analysis and this weekend’s top ten after the jump. I should begin by pointing out the obvious: right now, less than $1 million separates The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Dark Knight Rises »

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