The Hunger Games: Catching Fire caught more than a few eyes over the weekend, earning $138.4 million from 65 countries around the world. Add the movie’s record North American release and we have a real success story here.
In a single weekend the dystopian novel adaptation ran past the $300 million mark worldwide. The film’s $138.4 million international take is higher than what Thor: The Dark World pulled a few weeks ago, although that was in fewer markets (still, Catching Fire will most likely end up higher internationally). So far The Hunger Games: Catching Fire grossed $146.6 million overseas (opened in Brazil a week ago), opening twice as high as the original in most places. Now a proven series, Catching Fire exploded internationally and should ultimately end up with as much as $500 million. Worldwide the movie sits at $332.9 million and by next week it should have close to $500 million. By the end of its run I can see it going anywhere from $800 to $900 million worldwide. That will make The Hunger Games: Catching Fire the 3rd biggest movie of the year (as long as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug doesn’t disappoint).
Gravity had its biggest weekend yet with $45.7 million, mainly thanks to a massive opening in China. With $331.5 million internationally and $577.6 million worldwide, China good for $20-30 million more and Japan still left to open, Gravity will ultimately take well over $650 million. At this rate it could very well beat Man of Steel and its $662.8 million to become the number 1 release of the year for Warner Bros. Well, at least until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes out, which should easily push $900 million or more.
Thor: The Dark World lost a bit of wind from its sails with $24.8 million. That’s $381 million internationally and $552.2 million worldwide for the God of Thunder. While I don’t expect the superhero flick to finish with $700 million anymore, a total well north of $600 million is more than fine, not to mention it would make it the 3rd highest grossing entry in the Marvel cinematic universe. Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, both over $1 billion, were never really going to be challenged, not by Thor anyway.
Fack Ju Gohte is a hit German comedy that made $8 million this past weekend and now has a total of $36 million.
Captain Phillips rounds out the top 5 at $6.7 million with a running total of $177.4 million worldwide. This could eventually crawl to $200 million, either way it’s a hit for both Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass.