Friday, November 22, 2013

The Projector: Incendiary Device Edition UPDATE

Monday UPDATE UPDATE: Make that the sixth-largest debut in recorded history. In a wholly-unshocking case of number padding to enhance Monday headlines, the weekend actuals revealed Catching Fire dropped two spots down the all-time list, placing Katniss directly behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $158M
2. Thor: The Dark World $14.2M
3. The Best Man Holiday $12.5M
4. Delivery Man $7.9M
5. Free Birds $5.4M

Sunday UPDATE: Scorched. Torched. Incinerated. Take your pick of "set fire to" synonyms and it's being used to describe The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and its obliteration of November records — Katniss and Peeta dethroning Bella and Edward by some $19M on the way to the fourth-largest opening ever. What makes the bow even more eye-popping: Catching Fire did its damage without a 3D upcharge — a luxury each of the top-three debuts possessed. With an stellar A CinemaScore in its back pocket, Catching Fire will continue to crush cash through Thanksgiving – and beyond – as more and more non-Hunger Games fans are drawn to the flame.


1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $161.1M
2. Thor: The Dark World $14.1M
3. The Best Man Holiday $12.5M
4. Delivery Man $8.2M
5. Free Birds $5.3M

Bye-bye Bella. Twilight is toast. Come Monday, November will have a new titleholder as Katniss and her crew of YA revolutionaries crush records, with an outside shot of toppling Tony Stark for 2013's biggest debut. Taking into consideration The Hunger Games $152.5M bow some twenty months ago, there's nothing to suggest an opening lower than $160M — Katniss' global domination begins now.

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $165.5M – Lack of 3D upcharge is the only thing that could – slightly – temper the take.
2. Thor: The Dark World $16.25M – Dropped the hammer on the $500M mark worldwide.
3. The Best Man Holiday $16M –  Has already banked double its $17M budget.
4. Delivery Man $13.5M – Big test for Vince Vaughn with the 43-year-old's box office drawing power in major decline.
5. Free Birds $6M – Flies solo for one final week before getting flattened by Disney's Frozen.