Igniting a global frenzy this weekend, starting in a handful of major overseas markets on Thursday, Lionsgate unleashes “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” with expectations at north of $150 million domestically, and a possible $300 million-plus weekend worldwide. Other observers think Stateside B.O. could be even higher at more than $160 million, which would easily beat the previous November record-holder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
Lionsgate launches “Catching Fire” at approximately 4,100 domestic locations, most of which will have 8 p.m. screenings Thursday.
Photos: Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon Attend L.A. Premiere
The “Hunger Games” sequel’s domestic prospects have been sky-high for several weeks, even before Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” stampeded into theaters two weeks ago domestically.
Still, most pundits are hesitant to predict a specific amount for “Catching Fire,” though it is clear the film should outdo its predecessor’s $142 million opening in March