Why 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire's' Budget Ballooned To $130 Million-plus

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October 30, 2013 AT 11:11 AM
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.