VIDEO: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire expected to earn $150M over the weekend

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson return in their respective roles as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, citizens of the 12th District of the future North America.
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LOS ANGELES - Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has grossed $70.5 million domestically and $64 million internationally, bringing its total to $135 million, the studio reported on Saturday.

Numbers were from Friday's opening day, but includes some scattered preview shows on Thursday night. The sequel gained $25.3 million from Thursday night screenings.

Totals for "Catching Fire" are an expected to reach $150 million domestically over the weekend, though some reports estimated a $170 million opener.

The impressive opening of "Catching Fire" will mark the biggest November opening ever and the eighth-highest domestic opening to date. "The Hunger Games," with $67.3 million its opening night, was the sixth-largest weekend opener with $152.5 million. "The Avengers" sits at No. 1 with $207.4 million.

 

 

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark (from left to right) Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark (from left to right) Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.
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President Snow is played by Donald Sutherland (left) and Plutarch Heavensbee is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in
President Snow is played by Donald Sutherland (left) and Plutarch Heavensbee is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
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