Jennifer Lawrence's "The Hanging Tree" Nabs Top 20 Debuts in U.K., Australia
The 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' track is aiming for a Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart
Jennifer Lawrence: Oscar winner, philanthropist and now Top 20 pop star.
The actress' recording of "The Hanging Tree" has landed at No. 14 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, published Sunday, and it's new at No. 12 on ARIA's Australian Top 50 Singles Chart.
The song appears on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which has been omnipresent since it enjoyed its world premiere Nov. 10 at the Odeon cinema in London's Leicester Square.
"The Hanging Tree" has outperformed expectations for its first week on the U.K. sales chart. The song, performed by James Newton Howard featuring Lawrence, was positioned for a solid chart entry when the Official Charts Company announced it had come in at No. 29 on the midweek sales.
Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in the dystopian Hunger Games films. The latest in the series is dominating the U.K. box office, scoring the year's biggest opening weekend with $19.9 million.
Lawrence is hoping to replicate her chart success in the U.S. She's aiming for a Top 40 bow with "The Hanging Tree" on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
The song was written by Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games book series) and The Lumineers' Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz. It's heard in the film first as an a cappella performance by Lawrence (in character as Katniss) before she is joined by a choir and an orchestra.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.