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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.

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire International Poster Looks Oddly Familiar

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Catching Fire One Sheet“Remember Who The Enemy Is.” It’s hard to remember who the real enemy is when you’re thrown into an underwater arena with 23 other Tributes. The new international poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reminds audiences, and Katniss Everdeen, that the real enemy of the movies are not the Tributes from the many Districts of Panem, but rather the Capitol and President Snow. The poster also features Katniss in a familiar pose with her weapon of choice, her trusty bow and arrow.

The sequel film opens in theaters in about two months, and Lionsgate is working to get the word out to audiences that a new Hunger Games movie is just over the horizon. The new poster (via IMP Awards) also reminds audiences that something exciting is coming this November. From everything we’ve seen from Catching Fire, it has the potential to have even more excitement and thrilling action than the first Hunger Games movie.

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The Running Man: The Musical Says F*** You To The Hunger Games

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As you might guess from that headline, some of these videos are NSFW. Don’t watch them with your boss standing behind you.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lets One Lucky Fan Unveil The Latest Poster

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The Hunger Games Catching FireLionsgate’s film adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games have never been shy about interacting with fans or using viral marketing to increase the hype around their wares. In an unusual move, but one that is admittedly pretty cool, the studio has unveiled a new poster for the upcoming sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Instead of using traditional means like trade publications or big movie websites, they let one of the franchise’s many fans release the first look.

The film’s viral website, TheHungerGamesExplore.com, is an interactive destination where fans can go to participate in contests, share content like fan art, and generally explore every facet of their favorite movies and books. According to Lionsgate, the top fan is a girl name Tori Dripple, and as a reward for her rabid fandom, they let her give the world the first look at a new outdoor poster via her Tumblr. You have to imagine that’s a damn big thrill for the number one fan of The Hunger Games, at least by this one measuring stick.