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'Catching Fire' tops 'Iron Man 3,' reigns over 2013 box office

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Iron Man 3 had the year’s biggest opening weekend and dominated the summer box office, but when the dust eventually settles on 2013, Catching Fire will go down as the year’s biggest smash. The second film in the Hunger Games franchise, based on Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy, inched past Marvel’s superhero movie on Jan. 9 and now holds the top spot with $409.4 million.

Combined with the original Hunger Games, which grossed $408.0 million in 2012, the Lionsgate films became the first franchise whose initial two installments each topped the $400 million barrier. In addition, Catching Fire has pulled in another $428.8 million internationally, a dramatic upgrade over the Hunger Game‘s foreign haul of $283.2 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Frozen' ready to cool down 'Catching Fire'

After a record-breaking Thanksgiving frame, the box office heads into the proverbial turkey-coma that is the first week of December. Only one new release, Out of the Furnace, is hitting theaters, leaving Frozen and Catching Fire to duke it out for the top spot. Which will win? Here’s how the chart may look this weekend:

1. Frozen – $34 million
Family films thrive over the Thanksgiving holiday — so much so that they’re destined to plummet in the following frame. Still, Frozen‘s glowing reception and complete lack of competition will help it maintain success for quite a while. If it falls 50 percent this weekend, it’s looking at a $34 million gross and a $136 million total. READ FULL STORY

First 'Catching Fire' clip shows Katniss and Gale's tense confrontation -- VIDEO

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Some Katnisses are born great, some Katnisses achieve greatness, and some Katnisses have greatness thrust upon them.

The heroine at the center of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire may seem to fall under the first category — but she sees herself as a member of the third. As the Girl on Fire tells her oldest friend Gale in this first uninterrupted clip from the film, she never intended to become a revolutionary leader. All Katniss Everdeen really wants is to ensure the safety of her family and loved ones.

Unfortunately, the restless, downtrodden citizens of Panem have other plans for her. And Gale is serving as their mouthpiece: “You haven’t hurt people, Katniss — you’ve given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it.”

Catch the clip below, as presented by Liam Hemsworth on Tonight Tuesday. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazes into theaters Nov. 22.

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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' to open on 3,000 screens in China

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The Hunger Games will be catching fire all over the world in just a month. Lionsgate has announced that the second film in the franchise, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will be released on more than 3,000 screens in China on Nov. 21. Consider the United States’ Nov. 22 release, tack on a 12-hour time difference, and China will technically get to watch Katniss stick it to President Snow in both dubbed and subtitled prints a day and a half early.

The China release adds to the more than 50 territories around the world debuting Catching Fire with day-and-date releases. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has become a truly global phenomenon, and its day-and-date release in this key territory further cements its status as a worldwide motion picture event of epic proportions,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, in a statement.

Lionsgate hopes to continue the success it has seen at the Chinese box office with films like Now You See Me, The Impossible and the first Hunger Games film, which earned about $27 million in China last year.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': See the first TV spot

Rejoice, citizens of Panem: Only 37 days remain before the 75th annual Hunger Games! And if the following advertisement is any indication, this year’s competition is going to be a doozy — filled with love triangles, fiery costumes, and some very sharp shooting.

(Translation: The first TV spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuted on Walmart’s Facebook page about 13 hours ago. It packs a lot of drama into one very tense minute, including angsty scenes for those on Team Peeta, Team Gale, and Team Prim. Wait, is anyone on Team Prim? In any case, check it out for yourself below.)

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' tickets go on sale October 1st!

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With only twelve weeks to go before release, Lionsgate announced Friday that tickets for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will go on sale starting October 1st, at 12p.m. ET / 9a.m. PT with advance movie tickets available through Fandango and MovieTickets.com.

The first installment broke records for advance ticket sales, outpacing the Twilight series.
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'Catching Fire' to premiere in London

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In 100 days, the box-office will catch fire with the second Hunger Games movie opening around the world on Nov. 22. But the spark for Catching Fire will begin Nov. 11 when the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster has its world premiere in London — forevermore known as The Capitol.

In the next chapter of Suzanne Collins’ epic adventure, Katniss and Peeta embark on a victory tour of Panem’s districts after winning the Hunger Games. They quickly learn that their achievement and, in particular, what Katniss has come to represent, is now viewed as a threat by the oppressive regime run by President Snow. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss, along with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.

Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is in the director’s chair, taking the reins from Gary Ross.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Peeta can swim, and other changes from the book

First off, let Catching Fire director Frances Lawrence assure the ardent fans of Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series that their sacred text will always be honored: “The movie is very, very true to the book,” he says. But when he first met Collins last spring, the two hunkered down and hammered out a new beat sheet for the sequel. And together they were merciless about what wouldn’t serve the screenplay adaptation. Here’s three changes readers should expect in the film (in theaters November 22): READ FULL STORY

Finnick! Shirtless! In new 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' photo!

Well, Hunger Games fans, does he look how you dreamed he’d look?

It’s a great week for intel about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Right after Lionsgate premiered a new Hunger Games trailer at Comic-Con, they’ve gone and released a new photo of a shirtless Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), who’ll make his debut in the second installment of the franchise. The photo above comes straight from a scene in the book, when Katniss recounts first meeting Finnick: “He offered me a sugar cube and asked to know all my secrets.”

Now that fans are likely back in full countdown mode (Catching Fire opens November 22), go ahead and re-watch the new trailer, which premiered over the weekend:
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'Catching Fire' at Comic-Con: Jennifer Lawrence gets raw, Josh Hutcherson grows up -- VIDEO

Is it November yet? Hunger Games fans (especially the ones in San Diego) got a lot of treats Saturday, with the arrival of the most revealing Catching Fire trailer yet and a Comic-Con panel with the cast and crew.

And now we have even more Mockingjay goodness for you: EW’s Laura Hertzfeld caught up with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson — Katniss and Peeta themselves — along with their co-stars Jena Malone, Willow Shields, and Lenny Kravitz and director Francis Lawrence.

Jennifer revealed her dietary concerns on set — she’s not a fan of ripping into raw halibut — while Josh said Peeta has grown up a lot since his first Games.

Watch all the interviews below!
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