A $5.2 million start for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a sign of what we should expect in the coming weeks across the global box office. The action sequel came in $1 million under Sunday’s estimates but still represents a marked improvement above the original’s $3 million bow in 2012. Catching Fire was the number one film of the weekend but finished behind the debut of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine in per-screen average. Allen’s latest film took $481K in its premiere across 79 screens, beating Catching Fire’s $5,486 average with its own $6,091 average.
Thor: The Dark World is on the cusp of hitting the $20 million mark in Brazil after finishing its third weekend in the market with a $19.9 million cume. Only seven other films have grossed above $20 million in Brazil this year and Thor: The Dark World is on pace to move up to third place among the year’s highest grossers, behind Iron Man 3 ($47.8M) and Despicable Me 2 ($35.4M).
Domestic romantic comedy Meu Passado Me Condena broke the $10 million mark in its fourth weekend after posting a strong $1.4 million hold, only 13% below its previous frame. The film has grossed a total of $11.1 million and is the third-highest grossing domestic film of the year in Brazil.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is already hot in Brazil. The highly anticipated sequel opened on Friday, November 15 in Brazil, a week ahead of its day-and-date debut in 65 territories leading into the November 22nd weekend. The film more than doubled the gross of its predecessor with a $6.2 million debut.
Major territories opening in the lead-up to November 22 include: the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Germany, Spain, China, South Korea, Russia, Mexico, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands. The film will open in France, Belgium, and Italy the following week, with Japan as the last overseas market on December 27.
The original Hunger Games grossed $278.5 million overseas and $686.5 million worldwide.
Thor: The Dark World kept the top spot in Brazil over the weekend, bringing its cume in the territory to $14.8 million. The Thor sequel is on its way to match the $18.3 million cume of the original.
Romantic comedy Meu Passado Me Condena stayed in second place in its third frame. The Brazilian film has grossed a total of $8.8 million to be among the year’s most successful domestic films.
Free Birds premiered in third place with a disappointing $1.1 million take. Captain Phillips also had a poor start in Brazil, opening in 204 screens and finishing its debut weekend with $828K.
Top Ten Films in Brazil.
Thor: The Dark World crossed the $15 million mark in Brazil over the weekend. The superhero sequel reached a $15.9 million cume in its second week of release in the country and is already one of the hottest movies of the year. Thor's run in Brazil already represents over twice the cumulative gross of Gravity ($7.6M) in the country.
Thor: The Dark World conquered the Brazilian box office with a $6.6 million bow. The superhero sequel outperformed the $5.4 million debut of the original. The $6,139 per-screen average was enough to take the weekend as well, as Thor began its return to the overseas market with a $109.4 million head start ahead of its North American debut.
Domestic Romantic-Comedy Meu Passado Me Condena posted a particularly strong hold in its second frame, dropping a mere 10% for a $2.1 million take. The Brazilian film has grossed $5.8 million over its two weeks in release.
Gravity relinquished 59% of its screens in its fourth weekend and was still able to place in the top five. The sci-fi film grossed $466K to pass the $7 million mark in the territory. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs continues to outgross its predecessor; the animated sequel finished the weekend with a $12.7 million cume, well above the original film’s $7.5 million total. The Counselor crossed the $1 million mark in its second weekend in Brazil.
Two other U.S. films saw limited releases in Brazil over the weekend. Lee Daniels’ The Butler opened in 42 screens for a $113K take and The Purge took a $91K bow from 54 screens.
Top Ten Films in Brazil.