Box Office: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Claims Victory in Brazil

UPDATED: The sequel, returning Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, is opening in the South American country a week early.

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has begun its global assault, opening in Brazil on Friday to an eye-popping $2.4 million.

That's nearly triple the gross of the first film.

Catching Fire is opening in Brazil a week ahead of its launch in North America and 65 foreign markets, including China. Domestically, many believe the sequel could approach $165 million-plus in its debut.

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Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on Suzanne Collins' blockbuster YA book series, the sequel returns Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the title roles.

Catching Fire unfolds as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) returns home after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a Victory Tour of the districts, where rebellions are on the verge of breaking out.

Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin and Stanley Tucci also star. Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn wrote the adapted script.