Jennifer Lawrence Helps ‘Catching Fire’ Rocket Towards $800 Million Worldwide

Jennifer Lawrence’s star power has helped The Hunger Games: Catching Fire become one of the biggest motion pictures released this year.

Although director Francis Lawrence’s adventure flick only arrived last month, the movie has outperformed many of its big-budget cinematic competitors. According to the recent numbers posted over at Box Office Mojo, The Hunger Games sequel is currently perched at approximately $795 million worldwide.

The film has performed just as well overseas as it has in North America. As of this writing, the film’s foreign gross is an extremely healthy $404 million. Domestically, Catching Fire has earned around $391 million from moviegoers.

Of course, The Hunger Games sequel isn’t the only flick featuring Jennifer Lawrence in theaters. Director David O. Russell’s dramatic comedy American Hustle hit cinemas across the country on December 13. The movie has earned approximately $60 million thus far.

Lawrence’s appeal will no doubt help the upcoming Hunger Games sequels find success at the box office in the coming years. The first installment of Mockingjay arrives in November of 2014, while the second half debuts on the big screen in 2015.

Unfortunately for Jennifer Lawrence, not everyone on the planet is a huge fan. While promoting Catching Fire earlier this year, she accidentally started a feud with Joan Rivers after making a few remarks about the E! series Fashion Police.

“There are shows like the ‘Fashion Police’ that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it’s okay to point at people and call them ugly or fat,” Lawrence said.

The subject is definitely a touchy one for Lawrence. The actress faced criticism for her weight in the past, though she insists that she won’t shed any pounds just to land a coveted role in Hollywood. However, Rivers didn’t think too highly of the actress’ candid remarks.

“My New Year’s resolution is [ensuring] Jennifer Lawrence grows up and realises how lucky she is and calms down. I love that she’s telling everyone how wrong it is to worry about retouching and body image, and meanwhile, she has been touched up more than a choir boy at the Vatican,” the comedienne explained.

She added, “Look at her posters. She doesn’t have a nose, she has two holes. She just has to learn, don’t talk if you’re doing it.”

Fans of Jennifer Lawrence can catch the award-winning actress next in director Bryan Singer’s upcoming superhero epic X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film opens in theaters throughout North America on May 23, 2014.

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