Lionsgate's sequel passes “Iron Man 3″
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has surpassed “Iron Man 3″ to become the top grossing 2013 domestic release, Lionsgate said Friday.
As of this week, the futuristic sequel has made $409.4 million in the United States and Canada, a hair over the $409.3 million logged by “Iron Man 3.” Technically, “Iron Man 3″ is still the highest grossing film of the last calendar year, and its global haul is larger, standing at $1.2 billion.
Globally, “Catching Fire” now enjoys a worldwide box office total of $838.2 million after seven weeks in theaters. That eclipses the $691 million the first “Hunger Games” made during its entire theatrical run.
“The Hunger Games” series stars Jennifer Lawrence as an impoverished girl forced to compete in gladiatorial games.
The next two installments in the franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” are currently in production and will be released on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.