The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Box Office Forecast and New Images

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games - Catching Fire (2013) Movie Image

I guess a lot of people were waiting for Katniss to kick some Capitol ass one more time, because according to industry types, Francis Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, the sequel to last year’s “The Hunger Games”, is on track to make north of $150 million this weekend, with some estimates having it hit the $160 million mark. That’s about on par with the first film, which opened at $152 million domestically. But sequels to box office hits always tend to perform better than the first movie, thanks to the combination of returning and new fans trying to horn in on the action, so I wouldn’t be surprised if “Catching Fire” hits that $160 million mark, or even goes higher.

For comparison’s sake, this year’s top dog, “Iron Man 3″ opened at $175 million. In the meantime, here are a handful of new images from the movie. Please to look.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.

Opening today.