Hunger Games: Catching Fire Predicted for Record Opening

Even though The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still almost three weeks away from being released, many box office analysts are already predicting that it could make as much as $185 million on opening weekend.  It’s worth noting however, that Lionsgate is projecting in the more conservative $140-150 million range which would put it just below the opening of it’s predecessor ($152.5 mil).

While I have no doubts that Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be a big hit, I just don’t see it having an opening just behind The Avengers.  For starters, it’s being released in November and $185 million is the kind of opening I tend to expect from a summer movie.

They have also opted to not release it in 3D (a decision I’m kind of grateful for) and have picked a release date (Nov. 22) that puts them in direct competition with the equally hyped Thor: The Dark World being released two weeks before (Nov. 8) and Frozen five days after (Nov.27).  Honestly, I think Lionsgate made the right call with low-ball prediction and is pretty much what I’m expecting from their opening weekend (though to be fair I’m hardly an expert).

However, even if Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s opening weekend does come up short of analysts lofty expectations, it can still break some box-office records.  Currently the record holder for highest opening weekend in November is Twilight: New Moon with $142 million which would be just about in line the projections made by Lionsgate.

How well do you think Hunger Games: Catching Fire will do?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: IGN

is a native Texan who has had a love and fascination with movies as long as he can remember. He attended Sam Houston State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism. His love of film only grew during his college days, with seldom an hour going by without him making some kind of movie reference. He has since gone on a seemingly never-ending quest to see as many movies (old and new) that he possibly can, a task made possible by his Netflix subscription. Besides movies he enjoys television, reading, writing, video editing, listening to music, and watching Doctor Who.

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