Even though it fell out of the top five for the weekend box office, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire grossed enough this weekend to become the second highest grossing film of 2013 in the United States. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is projected to finish the weekend with $8.75 million at the domestic box office, which will raise its total take at the U.S. box office to $371.7 million.
With this weekend's additional box office gross, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire moves past Despicable Me 2's domestic box office take of $367.5 million to take the number two spot on the list of the highest grossing films for 2013 in the U.S. The only film ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is Iron Man 3, which is in the number one position with $409 million at the U.S. box office.
In the remaining nine days of the year, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will draw closer to Iron Man 3, but the Hunger Games sequel is unlikely to catch this summer's superhero blockbuster with the time remaining in 2013. Iron Man 3 should finish 2013 as the highest grossing film of the year in the U.S., and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should finish 2013 as the second highest grossing film of the year in the U.S.