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Box office Sunday update: Lions Gate is telling Boxofficemojo.com that “Catching Fire” did $161.1 mil for the weekend. This will probably be revised down by Monday. This makes “Catching Fire” the 4th biggest opening weekend ever. If the numbers change, it will affect the standings of the two movies that come right after it– “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Saturday morning: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” caught fire Thursday and Friday. The combined total of midnight showings Thursday and all day yesterday was a whopping $70.5 million. That’s pretty damn good. The first movie did $67,263,650 on its opening night, if that gives you an idea. Can “Catching Fire” set a record? That will depend on word of mouth and tonight’s showing. Right now, $70.5 is the 7th biggest opening night of all time. It pushes the original “Hunger Games” to number 11. The first six are “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, Pt 2,” “The Avengers,” “Dark Knight Rises,” and three “Twilight” movies.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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