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Breaking Down How 'Catching Fire' Became A Record-Breaking Blockbuster

It wasn't easy to turn Suzanne Collins' first book in her "Hunger Games" trilogy into a global blockbuster, nor was it easy to navigate through the departure of director Gary Ross to find his replacement, Francis Lawrence, amid a change of management at the studio, Lionsgate. But producer Nina Jacobson steered the $140-million "Catching Fire" to its takeoff last weekend, when it broke records, and is soaring into the holiday stratosphere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2013 4:23 PM
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Weekend Top Ten: 'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' Take Off

One expected blockbuster, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," easily matched expectations with a record gross for the season of $161 million, while the next tentpole up, Disney's animated "Frozen," took in nearly $270,000 on a single Los Angeles screen in advance of its national rollout next pre-holiday Wednesday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 24, 2013 1:12 PM
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WATCH: Josh Hutcherson Catches Fire on SNL, Five Highlights

'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson's easy appeal played well as an SNL host.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 24, 2013 12:47 PM
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'Catching Fire' Dominates But Not Record-Breaker, 'Frozen' Massive in LA Exclusive, 'Philomena' Decent in Limited

Many harbored hopes that "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the second film in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring young adult series, could possibly deliver the biggest domestic release of 2013. But the movie grossed $70 million from Thursday 8 pm through Friday, and should double that gross for the entire weekend. That's a massive number, but less than anticipated.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 23, 2013 4:38 PM
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Five Films to See This Weekend: 'Hunger Games,' Dench Oscar Bid 'Philomena,' Drug War Doc 'Narco Cultura' & More

Something for everyone this weekend. While most audiences will surely flock to the new "Hunger Games" film, Oscar hopeful "Philomena" arrives in select cities after its sweep through the festival circuit, and the new Vince Vaughn vehicle "Delivery Man" gets a wide release. Doc lovers, head to "Narco Cultura" if not "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?"
  • By TOH!
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  • November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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Things I Learned at 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Premiere

What I learned at "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" premiere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2013 1:41 PM
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WATCH: Cookie Monster Competes in 'The Hungry Games: Catching Fur' in New Sesame Street Parody

More laughs this morning from the brilliant minds over at Sesame Street. In honor of a certain YA franchise having its second installment hit theaters this week, Cookie Monster is competing in the Hungry Games. And along for the ride is his friend Peeta, here a piece of pita bread. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 18, 2013 1:52 PM
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New 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Images of Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone and Many More

A batch of new images has landed for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which hits theaters November 22, and will be presented out of competition at the upcoming Rome Film Festival on November 14. Check them out below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 19, 2013 1:15 PM
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Casting Watch: Julianne Moore Joins 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Parts 1 and 2

Julianne Moore has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2." She will play President Alma Coin, who leads the rebellion against the Capitol.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 1:05 PM
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New Character Posters for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Unveiled

Eleven new character posters have been released for Lionsgate's upcoming and feverishly anticipated "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," starring Jennifer Lawrence as warrior and emerging leader Katniss Everdeen. Adapted from the 2009 sci-fi novel by Suzanne Collins, this film is the sequel to the 2012 box office smash. Lionsgate will be promoting the film this weekend at Comic-Con, where the studio will debut the full theatrical trailer.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 17, 2013 2:43 PM
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