The second installment of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire has surpassed Marvel’s Iron Man 3 as the highest grossing movie of 2013.
Lionsgate announced that Thursday’s estimated $493,000 gross lifted the domestic income 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. income 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 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 are in production for release on Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.