Why ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s’ Budget Ballooned To $130 Million-plus
It’s not just the stakes that are higher as Katniss Everdeen returns to the arena for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. The budget is escalating as well. For its follow-up to last year’s hit The Hunger Games, which opens Nov. 22, Lionsgate upped the film’s budget from $78 million to north of $130 million. Although Lionsgate brass wouldn’t comment on Catching Fire’s price tag, project insiders say several factors led to the extra $52 million. The mini-studio spent more than $10 million to expand the visual effects for the sequel. Star Jennifer Lawrence, who was paid just $500,000 to play archer extraordinaire Katniss in the Hunger Games, got a pay raise of nearly $10 million for Catching Fire. The remaining $30 million can be chalked up to the broader scope of the film.
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