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“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” wins big at the box office

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As expected, the debut of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”   exploded at the box office.The final numbers are out today and the sci-fi adventure raked in $158. 1 million, to become the number one movie in the country this week. It was an incredible achievement  — placing sixth on the list of the biggest movie openings ever.

The second installment is about a teenaged girl in postapocalyptic North America who is a winner in the brutal “Hunger Games,” but still must battle to stay a live during a victory tour. Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence stars along with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The film  is based on the second book of a young adult trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

In a distant second, “Thor: The Dark World” with $14.1 million, bringing its three-week domestic total to nearly $168 million. The urban romantic comedy, “The Best Man Holiday” took third with $12.4 million in its second week — for a total of $50.3 million. Not bad for a film with a modest budget of $17 million.

The new Vince Vaughn comedy, “Delivery Man,” struggled to find an audience and debuted with only $7.9 million. Rounding out the top five, the animation “Free Birds” with $5.3 million.

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