When a film does well, it helps ease the studio’s pain of opening up the purse strings for the sequel. So just how much more did the second Hunger Games flick cost when compared to the first?
The first flick cost a mid-size $78 million, which was a reasonable risk considering how successful Suzanne Collins’ book series has become. But after the first flick piled up $408 million in the U.S. alone, the studio freed up another $50 million for Catching Fire — bringing the total budget to $130 million for part two.
That’s getting it right up there with your typical sci-fi tentpole — and if Catching Fire does as well as everyone expects — those numbers could balloon to $150-200 million for the rest of the series.
So where are they spending all that dough? Not surprisingly, the cast got some pretty hefty raises following the first film. Star Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) made just $500,000 for the first Hunger Games. Her paycheck on Catching Fire? A cool $10 million. Yowza.
Factor in bigger effects work, sets, etc. to go along with the bigger story (and paychecks) of the sequel, and the budget starts to make sense.
The flick opens Nov. 22. Do you think the sequel will live up to the hype?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)