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March 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to post big numbers as it made its debut on retail shelves.  The "Hunger Games" sequel sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend in release, Lionsgate said Tuesday. The original sold 3.8 million units in its first weekend. Sales for digital copies of "Catching Fire" increased 40% from the first film, according to Lionsgate, which did not disclose how many electronic units were sold for either movie, though the company said "Catching Fire" marked its biggest digital debut ever.  WATCH: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' exclusive clip shows Katniss on the run The opening weekend for the Jennifer Lawrence dystopian action picture generated $65 million in home entertainment revenue, Lionsgate said.  Blu-ray versions were more popular this time around, with the pricier format accounting for half of physical sales of "Catching Fire," compared with 35% of sales for the first picture.
March 26, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
What would a world without free enterprise look like? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the answer is as close as your local theater, where the "The Hunger Games" shows the perils of big government. The dystopian future nation of Panem, in which the movie is set, highlights the dangers of a lack of free trade, innovation and competition, the business group said. That would be economic competition, not the fight-to-the-death contest that gives the blockbuster movie its name.
November 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has shot its arrow through another record. The second installment in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring dystopian action film series made about $12.6 million from Imax theaters in its opening weekend in North America, showing on 347 screens for an average of $36,300 per screen, according to Imax Corp. and Lionsgate. That beats last year's James Bond film "Skyfall" for the best November Imax opening ever.  The movie took in an additional $5.4 million from Imax showings in other countries, bringing the worldwide total to $18 million.  Based on the post-apocalyptic young-adult novels by  Suzanne Collins , the "Hunger Games" films portray an authoritarian society in which children from oppressed districts are selected to fight to the death as entertainment.
November 22, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like the odds are in Lionsgate's favor. "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the sci-fi action sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence, took in an estimated $25.2 million in domestic ticket sales for Thursday night showings, outpacing the first movie in the series by 28%.  However, the numbers are skewed somewhat because theaters starting showing "Catching Fire" at 8 p.m. Thursday night, whereas the first "Hunger Games," which generated $19.7 million,...
November 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"The Hunger Games" movie trailer released Monday to hungry fans presents a leafy, green, post-apocalpytic nation in which children in a dystopian society are commanded to fight to the death. The chilling fantasy is set in the ruins of the United States in a country called Panem that looks a lot like ... North Carolina. Indeed, "Games," which opens March 23, 2012, and is based on the 2008 book by Suzanne Collins, was filmed over the summer in Asheville, Barnardsville, Black Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Charlotte, Concord, Hildebran and Shelby, N.C., the Charlotte Observer reports.
August 9, 2013
The first track from the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be Coldplay's "Atlas" and will be released Aug. 26. This will be the first original song the group has recorded for a movie. "I have great respect and admiration for Coldplay, and we are thrilled with how well they have connected to the themes and ideas within the film," director Francis Lawrence said in a statement. "Their unwavering passion and excitement for the project elevated the collaboration even further, and we can't wait to share this music with audiences around the world.
November 1, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Lionsgate is sticking with "Catching Fire" director Frances Lawrence for "Mockingjay Part 1" and "Mockingjay Part 2," choosing consistency over directorial variety for its flagship "Hunger Games" franchise. Lawrence, who is currently shooting the second movie in the Jennifer Lawrence series, will finish out with the third and fourth films, Lionsgate confirmed in a news release Thursday. The news was first reported by the movie website Collider. In making that choice, Lionsgate is opting to give the series a consistent look and feel with Lawrence -- best known for directing the Will Smith zombie pic "I Am Legend" -- instead of switching up directors in the manner of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises.
March 24, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
"The Hunger Games," the teen action-adventure film that is opening to big numbers this weekend, is, without question, a parable of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It's also a cautionary tale about Big Government. And undeniably a Christian allegory about the importance of finding Jesus. Or maybe a call for campaign-finance reform? Like the Suzanne Collins bestseller on which it is based, the movie about a teenage girl fighting for her life in a televised death match in a dystopian post-apocalyptic country that has replaced America has a whiff of political content.
November 18, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
At Hollywood's biggest premieres, reporters are always told to arrive at least three hours before even the least-recognizable celebrity first exits a town car. For "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" U.S. premiere Monday night in downtown Los Angeles, studio Lionsgate instructed members of the media to line up outside the Nokia Theatre at 3:30 p.m. - - a full four hours before a screening of the much-anticipated Jennifer Lawrence sequel, which of...
November 27, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It may not thaw the hold that “ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has on the box office, but Walt Disney Pictures will be turning up the heat with “Frozen,” its new 3-D computer-animated musical. Entering the Thanksgiving holiday and its second weekend in release, Lionsgate's post-apocalyptic action movie “Catching Fire” is likely to post the biggest domestic gross, with ticket sales of around $85 million from Wednesday through Sunday. The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Francis Lawrence, took in more than $158 million last weekend for the best November opening ever.
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