‘Catching Fire’ Should Break November Record With Possible $160 Million Debut

‘Catching Fire’ Should Break November Record With Possible $160 Million Debut
Let the games begin — again.

Igniting a global frenzy this weekend, starting in a handful of major overseas markets on Thursday, Lionsgate unleashes “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” with expectations at north of $150 million domestically, and a possible $300 million-plus weekend worldwide. Other observers think Stateside B.O. could be even higher at more than $160 million, which would easily beat the previous November record-holder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

Lionsgate launches “Catching Fire” at approximately 4,100 domestic locations, most of which will have 8 p.m. screenings Thursday.

Photos: Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon Attend L.A. Premiere

The “Hunger Games” sequel’s domestic prospects have been sky-high for several weeks, even before Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” stampeded into theaters two weeks ago domestically.

Still, most pundits are hesitant to predict a specific amount for “Catching Fire,” though it is clear the film should outdo its predecessor’s $142 million opening in March
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