Magazine article Screen International

Catching Fire Tops UK Chart

Magazine article Screen International

Catching Fire Tops UK Chart

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Lionsgate's highly anticipated sequel scores excellent debut of $19.8m (£12.2m) to mark the distributor's biggest ever opening.

It seems the odds were in its favour. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ignited the UK box office on debut to dethrone Gravity at the top of the chart.

Lionsgate's sequel posted a terrific $19.8m (£12.2m) debut, including $3.4m (£2.1m) in previews with $486,000 (£300,000) of that coming from its Wednesday [Nov 20] midnight showings.

Not only is Catching Fire's debut over double that of its predecessor's $7.9m (£4.9m) UK opening, but it also marks Lionsgate UK's best-ever opening.

It's also the third biggest debut of 2013, behind Despicable Me 2 ($22.6m/£14.9m with $7.4m/£4.9m previews) and Iron Man 3 ($21.3m/£13.7m with $3.6m/£2.3m previews).

The Hunger Games went on to take $38.9m (£24m) in the UK and a tally of over £30m seems highly possible for Catching Fire, which would make it only the fifth film to cross the £30m mark this year.WARNER BROS

Falling 45% in its third weekend, Gravity added $3.9m (£2.4m) as it dropped to second.

Warner Bros' sci-fi is now up to a strong $31.5m (£19.4m) and grossed $7.7m (£4.7m) over the past seven days, suggesting it could still provide healthy midweek numbers in the coming weeks despite the presence of Catching Fire.

Also for Warner Bros, Don Jon is up to $1.1m (£656,506) after ten days in play and took $127,000 (£78,709) in its second weekend.BBC

Starting from today [Nov 25], Rentrak has announced that Event Cinema releases will now be included in the official UK chart, starting with the huge success of Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor on Saturday night [Nov 23] which saw it chart third.

The simulcast 3D outing achieved a superb $2.8m (£1.7m) from its 450 sites on Saturday alone, with figures for its repeat screenings on Sunday unavailable at the time of writing.

Event Cinema releases are anticipated to gross around £20m this year, according to Rentrak.DISNEY

Dropping two places to fourth, Thor: The Dark World hammered its way to a further $1.2m (£721,989) in its fourth weekend.

Disney's latest Marvel outing is now up to $29.9m (£18.5m) and is now the fourth-best Marvel performer in the UK having surpassed Iron Man's $27.9m (£17.4m). Its next target will be Iron Man 2's $34.3m (£21.2m).

Also for Disney, animations Planes and Monsters University have amassed $14.4m (£8.9m) and $49.6m (£30.6m), respectively.ENTERTAINMENT

Falling just 22% in its second weekend, Entertainment's Lee Daniels' The Butler served up $993,000 (£610,000) from its 307 sites for a ten-day tally of $3.3m (£2m).FO

xPhilomena added $861,000 (£531,469) in its fourth weekend of release. …

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