The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has set the U.S. box office alight after debuting with a record-breaking $161.1 million (£107.4 million).
The movie sequel, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, claimed the fourth highest-grossing opening weekend of all time, behind Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
The film, based on the books by Suzanne Collins, also became the biggest new release in November, easily overtaking the previous record of $142 million (£94.7 million) earned by The Twilight Saga: New Moon upon its launch in 2009, while it proved to be more popular than the original The Hunger Games, which opened with $152.5 million (£101.7 million) last year (12).
Catching Fire blazed its way to the top of the global box office too, hauling in $307.7 million (£205.1 million) outside of North America.
Meanwhile, Thor: The Dark World settled for second place on the U.S. chart with $14.1 million (£9.4 million) in takings, and romantic comedy The Best Man Holiday drew $12.5 million (£8.3 million).
New Vince Vaughn comedy Delivery Man limped in at number four, while animated film Free Birds rounded out the new top five.
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.