The second film in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, may rake in as much as $950 million when it hits theaters later this year.
According to Variety, investment group Evercore’s analyst Alan Gould has predicted the film’s gross will be $375 million for the U.S. alone. An additional $575 million is expected internationally.
Its predecessor, The Hunger Games, brought in about $33 million more in the U.S. and $292 million less internationally than the sequel is expected to.
Catching Fire is based on the second novel, of the same name, in Suzanne Collins’ young adult series. The Lionsgate film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Lenny Kravitz, among others.
Lawrence’s and Hutcherson’s characters live in a dystopia where children and teenagers are chosen to participate in a deadly competition each year – the Hunger Games. The duo’s victory sparks a rebellion in their fellow citizens against their prosperous, unforgiving leaders.
Austrian director Francis Lawrence spearheaded both this film and the franchise’s final two-part installment, Mockingjay, to be released in 2014 and 2015. His past projects include I Am Legend and Water for Elephants. He has also directed music videos for pop divas Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez.
In anticipation of the new movie, Lionsgate has started an online campaign for Hunger Games fans.
Get this: 75 websites are each giving away one ticket to the film’s November 11th premiere in Los Angeles.
So 75 lucky fans will get a chance to attend the premiere and watch the movie before anyone else with the cast members.
Cue the screaming of Hemsworth, Hutcherson, and Lawrence fangirls and boys all over the country.
For those of you who have to take the less glamorous route and buy tickets, you can see Catching Fire in theaters on November 22. Presale tickets go on sale starting October 1.
Watch the official trailer for Catching Fire: