'Catching Fire' Passes 'Iron Man 3'

Two 'Mockingjay' films currently in production

Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has eclipsed Disney/Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ as the highest-grossing film released at the U.S. box office in 2013.

Lionsgate announced that Thursday’s estimated $493,000 gross lifted the domestic cume to date to  $409.4 million in its first 49 days of release — about $400,000 ahead of “Iron Man 3.”

The studio noted that “Catching Fire” set records for the biggest November opening weekend with $158.1 million and the biggest three- and five-day Thanksgiving box office. The sequel passed the final $408 million U.S. cume for first “Hunger Games” film on Tuesday.

“Catching Fire” has also grossed $428.8 million internationally for a worldwide box office total of $838.2 million — 21% higher that the final worldwide total for the first “Hunger Games.”

“The Hunger Games franchise continues to evolve into a truly global phenomenon,” said Lionsgate CEO  Jon Feltheimer.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2″ are in production for release on Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

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