Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Will Close Weekend with $500 Mil Worldwide


If you haven’t taken up archery yet, you still have a couple of days. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will finish the weekend with $500 million worldwide. Half of that comes from the U.S., where Jennifer Lawrence and co. have racked up big numbers in the last few days. Last night the movie made $31.25 million on its 8th day of release. That brought the American total to $253 mil and counting. That’s a record or two right there.

The animated Disney movie, “Frozen,” with rave reviews, is up to $54 million, also in 8 days of release.

“Mandela” opened in 4 theatres yesterday and scored an impressive $30,000. This is just a very limited release until December 25th. Idris Elba’s performance has gotten such glowing reviews, expected to see him nominated for Best Actor.

That category is very, very tight now, with Robert Redford, Chewitel Ejiofor, Bruce Dern, Forest Whitaker, Tom Hanks, Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and maybe Leonardo DiCaprio all circling. But Elba clearly looks like he’s in. They’re going to need 7 slots!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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