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"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opened with $161.1 million at the box office, narrowly besting the original film and setting a record for a November opening.

The result, from studio estimates Sunday, fell short of some expectations, and failed to dethrone the year's biggest box-office opening of $174 million for "Iron Man 3." But it did best the previous top November opening of $142.9 million by "Twilight Saga: New Moon."

But the bigger budget and better reviewed "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is doing far better abroad than the 2012 original. It opened with $146.6 million internationally.

The domestic total included Thursday night screenings that made approximately $25 million. The film's three-day weekend total of $136.1 million was actually less than "The Hunger Games."

Top 10 at the Weekend Box Office
1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $161.1 M
2. "Thor: The Dark World" - $14.1 M
3. "The Best Man Holiday" - $12.5 M
4. "Delivery Man" - $8.2 M
5. "Free Birds" - $5.3 M
6. "Last Vegas" - $4.4 M
7. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" - $3.5 M
8. "Gravity" - $3.3 M
9. "12 Years a Slave" - $2.8 M
10. "Dallas Buyers Club" - $2.77 M
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