'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Sets Record Imax Per-Screen Average in U.S.


The giant-screen exhibitor made $12.6 million in North America and $18 million worldwide during the film's opening weekend.

TORONTO -- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brought in an estimated $18 million in Imax theaters worldwide, including $12.6 million in the U.S., marking the best three-day domestic opening in November for the giant-screen exhibitor.

Imax released the second installment of the Hunger Games franchise on 347 screens in North America starting on Friday. The domestic per-screen average came to around $36,300. That topped the previous Imax record set by Sony's Skyfall in Nov. 2012.

For the weekend, eight of the top 10 U.S. runs of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were Imax engagements, according to the Toronto-based exhibitor.

Internationally, Catching Fire recorded a $73,000 per-screen average in the Netherlands, $63,000 in Australia and $51,000 in the U.K.

Overall, the film has grossed an estimated $307.7 million through Sunday for Lionsgate worldwide and an estimated $161.125 million in the U.S. during its opening weekend.

"We're excited that fans are seeking out the Imax format in record numbers as the ideal way to experience The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," said Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment and senior executive vp Imax Corp.