by Ken Korman
The first sequel to last year's blockbuster The Hunger Games opens today in New Orleans and across the globe. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues the adventures of futuristic teen warrior Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and has received surprisingly positive reviews, though we can't vouch for it ourselves because the studio declined to hold a press screening in New Orleans. The movie currently enjoys an 88% "certified fresh" rating at move-review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, higher than the 84% earned by the first film in the series. None of which matters to today's teens, who are likely to help Catching Fire set an all-time box-office record for the opening of a non-3D movie this weekend. Estimates put the first-weekend take at around $160 million.