Katniss vs. The Doctor.
The lean patch of September and October is over, and the Christmas blockbusters are under way. After Thor: The Dark World polished up, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire drew $158 million from its $130 million budget, and has now pulled in $316 million worldwide. This is the biggest November opening of all time, and in the top six openings of any month. With a huge fan base for both the source novel and the original film, plus strong reviews, cold evenings, and an exciting trailer, has made this the clear choice of last weekend.
Compare this to Delivery Man, which proved to be another bomb for star Vince Vaughn, which made only $9 million from a $26 million budget. With a bizarre trailer mixed somewhere between farce and tragedy, it was an opening weekend doomed to fail against Catching Fire.
I also have to mention that “The Day of the Doctor,” the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, managed to make $1.8 million from 440 UK cinemas alone. This is alongside events in the US and other parts of the world. Whilst these figures are not dramatic, this is for a television episode. It is a remarkable achievement, and will prick the ears of other television networks, and with good reason – imagine if Breaking Bad had been given the same treatment? With the increase of television production values, we could we bee seeing another use for our cinemas.
UK Box Office Top 10
|1||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (review)||£12.2M||£12.2M||1|
|3||Doctor Who: Day Of The Doctor (review)||£1.8M||£1.8M||1|
|4||Thor: The Dark World (review)||£723K||£18.2M||4|
|5||The Butler (review)||£614K||£2.03M||2|
|7||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||£475K||£11.4M||5|
|8||The Family (review)||£445K||£445K||1|
|10||The Counsellor (review)||£242K||£1.5M||2|