Box Office Milestone: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Reaches $400 Million Domestically
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues to light up the box office, reaching the $400 million mark at the domestic box office Friday.
Lionsgate's YA adaptation starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson earned $1.7 million on Thursday night to bring its domestic cume to $400.1 million in just 42 days. The previous film in the franchise, The Hunger Games, took 80 days to reach the same milestone after opening in March 2012.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, the sequel is the fifth fastest film ever to hit the $400 million mark, behind The Avengers (14 days), The Dark Knight (18 days), Avatar (23 days) and The Dark Knight Rises (29 days).
Internationally, Catching Fire has earned $408 million to date for a worldwide tally of $808 million, easily surpassing the $691 million total of the previous film.
Due to the strong performance of Catching Fire (which opened in theaters in the U.S. in November) and surprise hits Now You See Me and Instructions Not Included, Lionsgate's total ticket sales for 2013 reached $2.32 billion, coming in No. 6 for global marketshare.
The next two films in the franchise -- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 -- will hit theaters on Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.