"Catching Fire's" box office take so far is slightly better than the first "Hunger Games," which took in $67.3 million through its opening Friday last year and went on to make $152 million in its first weekend. If "Catching Fire" keeps the tempo, it will unseat
"Catching Fire" looks like it will have no trouble catching on with audiences. It drew an "A" grade from CinemaScore, a research firm that polls moviegoers who have seen the film, portending a strong word-of-mouth. It also looks like the new movie is drawing a broader audience than its predecessor. For the under-25 crowd, the audience has been evenly split between men and women, compared with the first film, which skewed more female.
The film is drawing audiences overseas, generating $64 million in ticket sales through Friday from the 65 countries it's now playing in.
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