This publicity photo released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence, left, as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a scene from the film, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The movie opens in theaters Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in what's expected to be one of the year's biggest box-office debuts. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)A2012
Washington – The second part of "The Hunger Games" trilogy, "Catching Fire," set a box-office record for Thanksgiving Day in the United States with ticket sales worth $14.9 million, according to the specialized Web site Box Office Mojo.
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. reached new heights in beating the former record of $13.1 million set on the same holiday in 1999 by "Toy Story 2."
Up to now "Catching Fire" has taken in $222 million in the United States since its premiere last week, and an estimated $423 million worldwide, Box Office Mojo said.
Experts say that if the trend holds, the film could have a total box office over the long Thanksgiving weekend of up to $100 million, which would mean another new record by topping the 2001 take of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."
The first film of "The Hunger Games" trilogy, which debuted in March 2012, earned $152.2 million.