Separated by a mere $375,000 in total box office receipts for all of 2013, Lions Gate Entertainment's (NYSE:LGF.A) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire edged out Disney's (NYSE:DIS) Iron Man 3 for the year's top grossing film in the U.S., according to a final tally from Box Office Mojo.
The Hunger Games sequel brought in $409,389,000 in gross receipts last year while playing in 4,163 theaters. Iron Man 3 played in a total of 4,253 theaters and generated $409,013,994.
The No. 3 domestic movie was Universal's Despicable Me 2. Disney's animated feature Frozen was fourth, according to Box Office Mojo, and is currently the No. 1 movie nationwide. The return of Superman in Warner Bros.' The Man of Steel was the fifth highest grossing film domestically in 2013, with $291,045,518 in gross receipts.
Unsurprisingly, the top two box office hits in the U.S. also finished first and second for the highest grossing opening weekends in 2013. However, here Iron Man 3 took the top position with $174,144,585 in its opening weekend, equal to $40,946 per theater, while The Hunger Games: Catching Fire generated $37,971 per theater in its opening weekend, generating total gross receipts of $158,074,286.
Box Office Mojo is an online reporting service that has provided box office tracking and analysis since 1999.
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