TODAY | November 24, 2013
>>> this lastest hunger games movie, "catching fire" has already brought in more than $70 million. the final box office numbers could break records. stephanie stanton has more.
>> we have never south korean anything like this.
>> reporter: in the hunger games sequel "catching fire" jennifer lawrence and company face a dark reality in a post apocalyptic world. the fan frenzy for the film reached a fever pitch at its london premier.
>> it's nuts. there's so many people and they're all screaming.
>> reporter: here at home the excitement is just as strong.
>> it blew my mind. it was better than i thought it would be.
>> it stays true to the book and it's how we pirk toured everything.
>> i probably would come watch it again.
>> reporter: the weekend isn't over yet, "catching fire" already brurning it up, bringing in more than $25 million in its first night alone.
>> i volunteer as tribute.
>> reporter: the original hunger games had the biggest non-summer opening ever, $152 million. some estimates put total ticket sales for "catching fire's" opening weekend as high as $160 million. if that happens, it will surpass twilight tag ga nch new moon." further fanning the flames.
>> a gargantuan thanksgiving as well. even new movies coming out at christmas time , i think it will hold on quite well.
>> reporter: and set the stage for the third installment "mocking jay" which is set to hit theaters this time next year. for "today," stephanie stanton, nbc news, los angeles .