Catching Fire, the second in four planned movies based on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, scored the biggest November debut ever at the box office, and the fourth biggest of all times, with $161.1 million this weekend, and a huge $307.7 million take around the world. It now ranks behind The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million) and Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). To make it #4, the saga of Katniss Everdeen passed The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million).
Perhaps most importantly, filmgoers were an integrated crowd:
Early exit poll data suggests the audience gender gap from the first “Hunger Games” film is shrinking. Male attendance on Friday jumped 12% from the original to 41% of overall auds, and moviegoers are about equally split between the over-25 and under-25 crowd.
So now we know, you CAN open an action movie with a female lead.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.