'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Torches Box Office

the hunger games: catching fire

Katniss Everdeen is a stone cold killer. And her latest victim? The box office record books.

Yes, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" completely torched the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $161.1 million to smash the record for the largest November opening ever. That mark was previously held by 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which earned $142.8 million and which was also the second installment in a film series adapting young adult novels featuring a female protagonist caught in a violent love triangle. Not that we're comparing the two. Heaven forfend.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's" $161.1 million total is also the fourth biggest opening weekend in film history, coming in right behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2's" $169.2 million and just ahead of the $160.9 million posted by "The Dark Knight Rises."

The only question now is whether "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" can match or surpass the $408 million domestic total earned by "The Hunger Games." The first installment in the series brought in $152.5 million over its opening weekend last March.

For those interested in trivia, it should be noted that Vince Vaughn's "Delivery Man" also opened this weekend. It earned just $8.2 million, or roughly the same amount that fans spent on Milk Duds during "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's" midnight showings.

Just for the sake of thoroughness, though, here's the entire box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:

1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $161.1m (our review)

2. "Thor: The Dark World" - $14.1m (our review)

3. "The Best Man Holiday" - $12.5m (our review)

4. "Delivery Man" - $8.2m (our review)

5. "Free Birds" - $5.3m (our review)

6. "Last Vegas" - $4.4m (our review)

7. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" - $3.5m

8. "Gravity" - $3.3m (our review)

9. "12 Years a Slave" - $2.8m (our review)

10. "Dallas Buyer's Club" - $2.8m (our review)