Friday, April 19, 2024

Box Office: “Catching Fire” Crosses $673 Million Worldwide this Weekend


On kind of a static weekend at the box office, there’s still an arrow piercing the air. “The Hunger Games” Catching Fire” will cross the $600 million mark tomorrow worldwide. (UPDATE Worldwide total is $673 mil as of Sunday.) Jennifer Lawrence and pals made $7.7 mil last night in the US, and continue their run at numero uno.

Lawrence, who’s 23 years old, has an Oscar, presumably has millions from this franchise, and is staring at a possible Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “American Hustle.” She just won Best Actress ten months ago for “Silver Linings Playbook.” She still seems to be acting fairly normal, but I wouldn’t blame her if she started bathing in diamonds and Fuji water.

Elsewhere, the best new movie of the week, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” is selling out its limited run. Go see this movie and “Nebraska” this weekend. More importantly, “12 Years a Slave” is waiting for you.

These films are instant classics. We’re lucky to have so many great releases this year, along with “Philomena,” and the forthcoming “Lone Survivor,” “American Hustle,” “August Osage County,” and “Mandela.”

It’s interesting to see which ‘good’ movies hit and which don’t. Ron Howard’s “Rush” was largely ignored. When you buy it or rent it soon, you’ll see what a terrific piece of filmmaking this is.


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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