Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' finale on target for $125 million opening

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Jennnifer Lawrence and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" are on course for a sizzling $125 million opening weekend, according to pre-release tracking. It opens on Friday, Nov. 20, six days before Thanksgiving.

The estimate for the opening could well rise as the debut date draws closer and the marketing campaign kicks into high gear. The first three movies have taken in $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office since Lawrence first appeared as Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 original, "The Hunger Games."

Francis Lawrence, who has directed the last two "Hunger Games" installments, returns for the finale. Co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are back as well, as are Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore and Sam Claflin.

Predictably, young females are showing the most interest in the finale of the hugely popular film franchise, based on the best-selling young adult novel trilogy of Suzanne Collins.

A debut of $125 million for the finale, which will be the first in the series released in 3D, would make it the third-highest opening in the series behind the second film "Catching Fire" ($158 million in 2013) and the original ($152 million). It would also match the production budget of the film, which was shot in Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles.

"Mockingjay – Part 1" debuted with $122 million just before Thanksgiving last year. Its $337 million domestic haul was the lowest of the three films, but the film performed stronger overseas. The $755 million global total ranked behind only the $865 million of "Catching Fire."

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FILE - In this file image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen, left, and Liam Hemsworth portrays Gale Hawthorne in a scene from "The Hunger Games." "The Hunger Games" on Monday, April 30, 2012 was nominated for eight MTV Movie awards, including bids for best cast, breakthrough performance, and movie of the year. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close, File)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, from foreground to background, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." A fictional gesture from a Hollywood movie is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against a military coup are flashing the three-finger salute from “The Hunger Games” as a silent act of rebellion, and they’re being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, left, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, from left, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The movie opens in theaters Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in what's expected to be one of the year's biggest box-office debuts. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, left, and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The film releases Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, left, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." The film releases Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
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