Katniss fans don’t have much longer to wait, and Lionsgate has them chomping at the bit – teasing with this meager 1 minute trailer just 3 weeks before the film opens wide. Rumors have it the budget for the Hunger Games second installment has doubled over the first, and it looks like a lot of that went up on the screen judging from what glimpses they give in the trailer. Lionsgate also brags of better lensing, with some scenes even shot on Imax.
Fandango is reporting ticket presales burning up their servers, so expect this movie to be another blockbuster for LGF. The Hunger Games was well shot, well acted (mostly dramtic, excepting Stanley Tucci’s hilariously camp TV presenter), and with genuine heart, so proved solidly popular beyond it’s core fan base.
Will Catching Fire top $1 billion? The first film didn’t reach $800m, but the deficit was foreign, with 60% of receipts from North America. These days, the split should be reversed. The good news, aside from the insane presales numbers, is that Catching Fire will also open on 3,000 screens in China, where often even having a release sometimes isn’t known until after a film’s opened throughout the rest of the world.
And finally, here it is: The new Catching Fire trailer!
Predictions are always risky, but the force looks strong with this one…
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