By adding about $493,000 to its domestic take Wednesday night, the dystopian action movie overtook the year's hitherto No. 1 release, Disney's 3-D superhero adventure
It's the first time a franchise's first two installments have grossed more than $400 million each, domestically. Additionally, it's the first time since 2008 that a non-3-D movie has snagged the top spot for the year ("The Dark Knight" was the biggest film that year).
"Iron Man 3," released in May, is still ahead of "Catching Fire" overseas, generating $806 million in revenue outside the U.S. and Canada for a worldwide tally of $1.21 billion, whereas "Catching Fire" has yet to cross the $1 billion mark globally. It has collected $838 million worldwide so far, well outpacing the original "Hunger Games."
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