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Projections: 'Catching Fire' to Remain Hot

17 Mar, 2014 By: John Latchem

Without much major competition, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will likely ride its first full week in stores to a second week atop the sales and rental charts, for the week ending March 16.

The sequel was a huge seller and managed to top the charts upon its debut despite a Friday release date that gave it only three days during the week-long tracking period to make a mark. Other studios steered clear of Catching Fire when setting their release slate, with Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave, from Fox, the only other major release during Catching Fire's debut week.

The strategy finds March 11 also relatively light on major new releases, with the top titles being Fox's The Book Thief, which grossed $21.4 million at the domestic box office; Universal's action-thriller Homefront, which grossed $20.2 million; and Sony Pictures' Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers' latest, which grossed $13.2 million but has limited availability on retail shelves.

Of these three, Homefront is likely to emerge as the top performer, possibly as high as No. 3. The Oscar push could keep 12 Years a Slave in the No. 2 spot.

The rental chart should find Catching Fire remaining on top, with Universal's Dallas Buyers Club continuing to chart high, and Universal's The Best Man Holiday coming off its 28-day holdback at Redbox to take a high spot.

Rank Title Studio Weeks on Chart
  Projected Top 3 Sellers for Week Ending 3/16/2014  
1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate 2
2 12 Years a Slave Fox 2
3 Homefront Universal New
  Projected Top 3 Rentals for Week Ending 3/16/2014  
1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate 2
2 Dallas Buyers Club Universal 6
3 The Best Man Holiday Universal 5


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