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The Tributes Get Down To Business In The Latest Hunger Games: Catching Fire Clip

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In traditional Hollywood sequel time, it hasn’t really been all that long since the first Hunger Games showed up and established itself as the new teen box office champ. Still, the ensuing 20 months has been full of anticipation from fans, with every little detail becoming a newsworthy event. Well, the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22, and if you didn’t already feel inundated, you’re about to, including this training montage clip from the film.

In the sequel, based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ massive selling young adult trilogy, the dastardly President Snow (Donald Sutherland) forces Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) back into the Hunger Games arena for another go round. Total dick move, but one that he hopes will quell the rebellion in the outlying districts of the nation of Panem. While this sounds like an overly elaborate way to get rid of a problem, Snow is playing a publicity game. To simply kill them outright, risks the popular figures becoming martyrs, so he has to figure out a sneakier way to go about his business.

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A Hunger Games Theme Park Could Be Coming Soon

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HG theme parkThat time is almost upon us. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due in theaters in about a week and a half. The Hunger Games is a pop culture phenomenon like few others. The young adult book and film series are the young generation’s Harry Potter, with all the spoils that come along with that title. It’s itching to be a billion dollar property, which is why Lionsgate is looking to branch out and expand the brand.

According to Variety, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that the studio is looking to develop a Hunger Games theme park. The proposed destination would be in two domestic territories, most likely Florida on the east coast and California on the west. While Feltheimer didn’t disclose what kind of attractions would be at the proposed theme park, it begs the question; do you want to spend your vacation at a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, and dystopian theme park?

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Katniss Freaks Out In Two Hunger Games: Catching Fire Clips

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Now that Thor: The Dark World is swinging his big ol’ hammer around the box office, next up on the mega-blockbuster schedule is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic, young adult trilogy. If expectations and anticipation are any indicators, this is going to be big, like all-time big. Early projections put the opening weekend numbers at somewhere in the $150 million range, which sounds ludicrous. We’re exactly two weeks away from the November 22 release—if you don’t count preview screenings and late night shows—and we have the first two clips from the film to whet our appetite.

Both clips follows a similar pattern, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finally realizing and coming to terms with the realities of her victory in the Hunger Games, especially as it relates to her own continued survival, and that of everyone she loves. Gale (Liam Hemsworth) looks upon this seething rebellion, just manifesting in the twelve districts of the nation of Panem, as an opportunity to finally throw off the chains of their oppressors. Katniss, on the other hand, doesn’t want to bear the weight of that responsibility, of inciting people towards what may ultimately be their deaths. Nothing good will come from those ominous military vehicles rolling in at the end.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Tracking Toward $150 Million Opening, Plus A New IMAX Poster

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katniss everdeenWith The Hunger Games: Catching Fire due in theaters in less than a month, the sequel will have the best spot at the table during the Thanksgiving movie-going season. In a month that will see the release of other blockbusters such as Thor: The Dark World and Ender’s Game, Catching Fire is tracking to be far more successful, as it is now vying for the all-time highest-grossing movie for the month of November.

According to Variety, Lionsgate is tracking The Hunger Games sequel to open with a box office gross upwards of $150 million for its domestic opening. While many box office analysts feel the studio’s estimate is rather conservative, some box office watchers surmise an opening take of more than $160 million in only three days in the United States.

It’s reasonable to assume that Catching Fire will outperform the original Hunger Games‘ $152.5 million opening when you consider the first film was released in March 2012. The sequel will have the luxury of opening during Thanksgiving weekend, which is believed to be more lucrative for movie studios. At the moment, the all-time highest-grossing movie of November is The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which opened at $142.8 million in 2009.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Training Sequence And New Japanese Trailer

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Everything we’ve seen from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire so far appears to be bigger and deadlier than the first film. A new clip from the film features a fierce training scene with the Tributes of the 75th Hunger Games competition.

The scene features Jena Malone as District 7′s axe-wielding Johanna Mason from with her deadly axe; Alan Ritchson as District 1′s Gloss with his throwing knives; Meta Golding as District 2′s Enobaria with her sharp teeth; and, of course, Jennifer Lawrence as District 12′s Katniss Everdeen, armed with her iconic and trusty bow and arrow. The scene is quick paced and has been featured in a few trailers, but the clip above allows the scene to play out. Just compare the training scene from the first film to Catching Fire‘s. You can see that the sequel is much bigger than the first Hunger Games film.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Pics Reveal Johanna Mason

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the-hunger-games-catching-fire-ew-01With The Hunger Games film franchise at the height of pop culture these days, it’s interesting to see how each movie in the series progresses its overall story. Catching Fire expands its world and characters, while Mockingjay puts them into action for a thrilling two-part finale. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire doesn’t open for another two months, but Lionsgate is continuing to give fans a first look at the sequel film with new images.

As part of Entertainment Weekly‘s profile of the new Hunger Games movie, the entertainment magazine has released three new images from Catching Fire, which give us a better look at the cunning Johanna Mason (Jena Malone). Mason hails from District 7 and was the victor of the 71th Hunger Games, two years before Katniss and Peeta won the deadly competition. She’s described as having a “wicked ability to murder” and is extremely proficient with an axe, mainly because District 7 is the lumber capital of Panem.