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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' ignites global box office

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 01:09

''The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'' sets a November record as fans flock to second film installment of popular book series. Edward Baran reports.

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"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" blazed straight to the top of weekend movie charts, setting a U.S. and Canadian record for November ticket sales and hauling in a huge $307.7 million around the world. Fans poured into theaters for the second installment in the series starring Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss, the skilled archer who becomes a beacon of hope for repressed people. Paul Dergarabedian is a senior analyst for media tracking agency Rentrak. SOUNDBITE, Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst for Rentrak, saying: "'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' had a pretty incredible opening weekend in North America with 161.1 million dollars (USD), that's the biggest November opening of all time, and the fourth biggest opener of all time, overall, in North America" Speaking at the London world premiere, one of the movie's stars, Liam Hemsworth, explained its appeal. SOUNDBITE, Liam Hemsworth, actor, saying: 'For a lot of young people they look up to this girl Katniss because she manages to stay herself and not let the system change her in this horrible situation she's in.' The new film scored 2013's second-biggest debut, behind the May opening for superhero sequel "Iron Man 3", and also marked the fourth-biggest domestic film opening in history

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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' ignites global box office

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 01:09