Catching Fire is off to a scorching start.
The wildly anticipated Hunger Games sequel brought in $25.3 million at midnight showings across the country this morning, a figure deemed "very, very strong by BoxOffice.com analyst Phil Contrino.
With very positive Catching Fire reviews continuing to come in, the film's haul surpassed the $21 million made by Man of Steel in June and the $15.6 million garnered by Iron Man 3 in May.
As for the original?
The Hunger Games made about $20 million during its opening early morning previews and went on to gross $152.5 in its first three days of release.
Catching Fire - which also opens China, Russia and the United Kingdom this weekend - is expected to clear $160 million by Sunday.