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Catching Fire sparks mighty second session

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire added an estimated $75m (£46m) in its second weekend and – having reached $297m (£181m) – will cross the $300m threshold on Monday. The Thanksgiving holiday period was catnip for Katniss and the gang, who have now notched up $573m (£349m) worldwide including $276m ($168m) from the international arena. What a result for Lionsgate, the "seventh studio" behind the established Us majors, and one that has proved to be stunningly adept at finding franchises. (It owns the Twilight films, which still quiver and hum with the memory of their commercial might.) Catching Fire will soar past $600m (£366m) worldwide by Tuesday, and at this rate should finish on at least $800m (£488m). Just time to catch our breath before the third film, »

- Jeremy Kay

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