The Hunger Games: Catching Fire topped $409.4M last night, surpassing the first The Hunger Games which grossed $408M. It marks the first time ever that the first two installments of a franchise have each grossed $400M at the domestic box office, Lionsgate announced early this morning. Catching Fire has a total worldwide cume to date of $838.2M in its first seven weeks of release compared to $691M worldwide box office generated during the entire run of the first Hunger Games film, the company said. It also noted that it became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013. Disney’s Frozen is still playing in over 1,000 theaters and has already grossed $302M since opening on Thanksgiving Day and Disney’s Iron Man 3 still holds the record for the highest grosser of calendar year 2013 with a little over $409M; the third Iron Man was released on May 3. Catching Fire reached its $409 mark in only 49 days. The film already had set records for the biggest November opening weekend ever at $158.1M as well as the biggest three- and five-day Thanksgiving box office gross. The picture is still playing in wide release. Lionsgate also noted that Catching Fire is the first 2D film to become the top-grossing film of the year since 2008. The next installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is scheduled for a November 21, 2014 release followed by Part 2, which will be released November 20 the following year.Related: Slideshow: Top 10 Domestic Grossers Of 2013 – ‘Iron Man 3′ Is No. 1
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