The Hunger Games: Catching Fire another popular series from book to screen

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” premiered Monday, and many critics believe that it will definitely leave audiences delighted. Some claim that the second movie to The Hunger Games trilogy is even better than the first.

“In hand-to-hand combat, it would have the first film on the floor, trapped in a headlock, whimpering for mercy. Over two-and-a-half heart-pounding hours, it doesn’t drag for a second,” writes Time Out London.

The highly anticipated Hunger Games trilogy has caught the attention of many viewers and many cannot wait for the second movie to premiere in the U.S. on Nov. 22.

The first movie came out in March 2012 with a box office opening weekend of $152,535,747.

Catching Fire definitely has big shoes to fill, but many are certain that the upcoming movie will live up to the first movie and exceed expectations.

“The new film boasts a noticeably spiffier, more confident feel than the first, even as the overriding impression is one of methodical responsibility to the source material,” said The Hollywood Reporter.

There have been many movie adaptations made from top-selling books that have come out in the last couple of years besides the Hunger Games, including the magical Harry Potter series to vampire love story Twilight.

With each new movie adaption, each series has been able to bring in more money than the last.

However, some series did do better than others. The box office opening weekend for the last installment of the Harry Potter series grossed $169,189,427, while the last movie for the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn Part II, only grossed $141,067,634.

There are high hopes for not only Catching Fire, but also the final installment, MockingJay, the last book for the Hunger Games that will be divided into two parts for the big screen, with part one scheduled for 2014.

This interactive timeline shows each book and movie premiere for the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games series.

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