'The Hunger Games' | 2012

While Lawrence was a fan of Suzanne Collins' bestselling novels, she was hesitant to take the role of Katniss Everdeen in the film "The Hunger Games," knowing it would shoot her fame to another level. After three days of consideration, she accepted the offer and began taking classes in archery, combat and parkour. When the film opened, it netted $152.5 million across North America in its opening weekend, the biggest for a non-sequel film and the third-largest opening weekend of all time.
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