November 1, 2013 - 18:37 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is poised to break box office records when it opens in the US later this month, Digital Spy said.
The Jennifer Lawrence-led sequel's early tracking estimates an opening weekend haul of between $140 million and $150 million, while other analysts claim that the dystopian action movie could surge past $160 million on its first three days on release.
According to Variety, Catching Fire could outpace its predecessor The Hunger Games's $152 million box office from last year and break the November record held by New Moon.
The Twilight sequel grossed $142 million when it opened in 2009.
Catching Fire will be released the week before Thanksgiving in the US on Friday, November 22.
Earlier predications from Wall Street analysts Evercore have pegged the film's theatrical gross at around the $950 million mark.
The Hunger Games earned $690 million worldwide in 2012.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is an upcoming American science-fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collins' novel, Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy.
The film is the sequel to The Hunger Games, and the second installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced and distributed by Lionsgate. Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen along with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Willow Shields also reprising their roles.
In the film, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.