Ahead of this evening’s world premier of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in London, Guinness World Records can reveal that the sci-fi series has been recognised for two movie achievements.
The first film based on Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels has today been confirmed as setting a world record for the highest grossing post-apocalypse movie.
Meanwhile, the film’s protagonist Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the highest grossing action-movie heroine of all time.
Released last year, The Hunger Games movie took $408,010,692 (£252,824,000) at the US box office and grossed $691,247,768 (£428,333,000) worldwide.
The incredible success of the first film has seen the character of Katniss push Sarah Connor of Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991, $519,843,345 in worldwide box office takings ) played by Linda Hamilton into second place as the highest grossing action-movie heroine, with third place now taken by Jane Smith of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005, $478,207,520 in worldwide box office takings) played by Angelina Jolie.
Set in in the post-apocalyptic totalitarian nation of Panem (formerly North America), the movie charts the story of teenagers Katniss and Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson), who have been chosen to take part in the Hunger Games, a televised gameshow in which teenage "Tributes" are forced to fight to the death in the annual "Reaping" event.
Lawrence and her co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson are set to attend the premiere of Hunger Games: Catching Fire tonight at the Odeon in London’s Leicester Square.
The film is poised to shatter more records when it opens this month, with some industry analysts predicting a $160 million (£100 million) debut weekend.