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

    Wochit Headline News

    by Wochit Headline News

    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.