If the rest of the world is as receptive to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as moviegoers in Brazil, then the guys at Lionsgate are going to need a bigger boat for all that cash. Estimates are that next weekend’s domestic gross could be $160 million for the sequel in North America. Yesterday, Brazil was the first market to kick off the global theatrical release of the sequel at 962 screens. The film grossed $2.4 million its first day, and that number is more than triple the opening day gross of the first film. The Hunger Games had a first day gross of $737,000. Yesterday started a long holiday weekend in Brazil, so we will keep you posted on the final tally, which comes one week before the film’s big day and date opening November 22 in the US and 64 other territories that include Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, China, South Korea, Russia, Mexico, Scandinavia, and The Netherlands. France, Belgium, and Italy open the following week with Japan opening on December 27th.
The film has been premiering aboard, and its Hollywood preem happens Monday night. Since the high tide raises all boats when it comes to box office, these signs are something everyone can be excited about, with the possible exception of Carl Icahn.