The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dominated the international weekend box office, debuting on an impressive $146m after claiming a hatful of No.1’s. The film was active in 64 international markets and the UK led the way on $19.8m with Lionsgate’s highest ever opening for the territory. After factoring in North America, Catching Fire has already amassed over $300m globally.
Alfonso Cuarón’s award season contender, ‘Gravity’, arrived in China where it earned a jaw dropping $35.5m with Imax screens contributing $7.4m towards the tally. Catching Fire’s release in the territory just two days later will damage the prospects for both films being a deliberate ploy by the protectionist local film industry.
Last weekend’s No. 1, Thor: The Dark World, took a further $24.8m internationally, increasing its running total to $381m. The Disney sequel remains a presence in 72 territories.