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Watch Hunger Games 2 Catching Fire Online so blazing new territory for a movie centered around a female character. Unlike the “Twilight series,” which made Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson into big stars, “The Hunger Games” is first and foremost Katniss Everdeen’s story. And while the series has turned Jennifer Lawrence into one of Hollywood’s biggest names, it hasn’t done as much thus far for the career Josh Hutcherson, the actor who plays Peeta Mellark.

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“Hollywood is under the delusion that women will see movies led by men but men won’t see movies led by women. I think ‘Hunger Games’ does a good job of dispelling that,” said Goldberg.

Phil Contrino of Boxoffice agrees. “I think the marketing campaign is doing a much better job of building excitement among male moviegoers. That’ll be crucial to its success.”

And then there are the reviews. Thus far, “Catching Fire” is at a very impressive 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. There is little question that strong reviews and buzz helped “The Avengers” set its big opening weekend record. And though “Catching Fire” would probably do huge business even if the reviews were bad, Contrino points out that, “Even if a positive review convinces only a few more people to go see a movie, that still helps. Most critics are saying ‘Catching Fire’ is much better than the first film. Lionsgate couldn’t ask for a better selling point than that.”

So, is that “Avenger”s record really out of reach? Gitesh Pandya of BoxofficeGuru said, “I don’t think that beating ‘The Avengers’ is something we should completely rule out. Katniss is her own assembly of super heroes rolled up into one young woman.”

Check back with Speakeasy on Sunday to find out how much money “Catching Fire” made during its opening weekend. In the meantime, head to the comment section and give us your prediction for the film’s box office total.

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When The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens, its lethally resourceful teenage heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is crouching in a forest, surveying a terrain as pristine as the one once scouted by American Indians. However pastoral, this isn’t the forest primeval but the very edge of free land outside the impoverished zone in which Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her relatives, friends and the other starved souls labor for Panem, the authoritarian state built on the ruins of North America after a catastrophic war. It’s here that she hunts game to feed her family and where this startlingly new pioneer - with her bow and arrows, leather jacket and boots, primitive individualism and totally awesome strength of character - was forged.

Catching Fire is the follow-up to The Hunger Games and the second in what will be four movie adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ fantastically successful book trilogy. (The studio behind the series, Lionsgate, is splitting the final book into two flicks.) It’s largely satisfying as far as screen adventures go, and comes fully loaded with special effects and action scenes, and embellished with the usual brand-name character actors, including the new arrivals Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer. It also has a different director, Francis Lawrence (replacing Gary Ross), who showed he knows his way around the post-apocalypse with the Will Smith vehicle I Am Legend. (Given Katniss’ increasingly valiant trajectory, that title would have been apt for this dystopian romp.)

A thrillingly atypical heroine, Katniss is the heart, soul and bloodied embodiment of the series and the primary reason that both the book and screen versions soar above the usual adventure-fiction slag heap. Like most cultural sensations, which invariably owe part of their success to their recognizability (familiarity breeds revenue), The Hunger Games builds on stories deep in our collective databanks, from the Greek myth of the Minotaur to the fall of Rome, and Survivor, the seemingly indestructible reality TV franchise. Like the 2000 Japanese movie Battle Royale, to which it bears some resemblance, The Hunger Games works because it hits that sweet spot where classical myth meets contemporary anxiety to become a pop mind-blower.

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