“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Beats “Iron Man 3” As Biggest Film of 2013
Box office competition was fierce in 2013, thanks to a ton of great flicks throughout the year, and when all the numbers were tallied up, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” came out on top.
The much-anticipated sequel grossed an estimated $409.4 million domestically, putting it ahead of “Iron Man 3’s” total of $409 million. However, the Robert Downey Jr project snagged just over $1.2 billion worldwide.
“Catching Fire” also set a new box office record for the biggest November opening weekend of all time, totaling $158.1 million to kick things off.
Lionsgate’s CEO Jon Feltheimer explained, “The Hunger Games franchise continues to evolve into a truly global phenomenon. The success of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is a testament to the vision of author Suzanne Collins, the sure hand of director Francis Lawrence, the brilliant performances of a remarkably talented cast led by the amazing Jennifer Lawrence and superb execution by our motion picture production, marketing and distribution teams. We will continue to grow the transformative ‘Hunger Games’ franchise in the years to come even as we continue to develop a dynamic portfolio of premium new brands.”