(WALL STREET JOURNAL) — This time, it's a global blockbuster.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opened to an estimated $161.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, the fourth-biggest domestic opening on record but barely bigger than the $152.5 million launch of the original "Hunger Games" in March 2012.
Internationally, however, the second of four planned movies based on the best-selling young-adult book trilogy blew away its predecessor. "Catching Fire" grossed $146.6 million from 63 foreign markets, 96% higher than "The Hunger Games" opened to in the same countries.
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