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‘Catching Fire’ has hot opening; ‘Delivery Man’ flops

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in a scene from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.'.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in a scene from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.'. Handout

NEW YORK – The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire opened with $161.1 million at the box office, narrowly besting the original film and setting a record for a November opening.

The result, from studio estimates Sunday, fell short of some expectations, and failed to dethrone the year’s biggest box-office opening of $174 million for Iron Man 3. But it did best the previous top November opening of $142.9 million by Twilight Saga: New Moon.

The domestic total included Thursday night screenings that made approximately $25 million. The film’s three-day weekend total of $136.1 million was actually less than The Hunger Games.

In its third weekend of release, Thor: The Dark World placed second with $14 million. The made-in-Toronto comedy The Best Man Holiday fell to third place with $12.5 million.

Delivery Man, a remake of the Canadian film Starbuck directed by Montreal’s Ken Scott, bombed with only $8.2 million.

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The animated comedy Free Birds added $5.3 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $48 million.

– with files by Global News