July 9, 2012 |
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, according to Lionsgate, the studio behind the movies. Hoffman will play the sly orchestrator of the 75th annual Hunger Games, replacing the previous gamemaker, Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), who met an early demise after allowing heroine Katniss Everdeen to manipulate the previous games. Hoffman will enter the fictional world of Panem, playing opposite "Hunger Games" cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.
August 30, 2012 |
Lionsgate was back on top with its "Hunger Games" last week, returning to the top of both the sales and rental charts. Newcomer "The Dictator," from Sasha Baron Cohen, made noise too, as did releases of Paramount TV shows "NCIS" and "Dexter" and Disney classics "Pocahontas" and "The Rescuers. " Below are the 10 most bought and rented DVDs and Blu-ray discs in the the U.S. last week, according to Rentrak Corp. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
March 11, 2014 |
"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 |
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 |
"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 |
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 |
"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.
November 1, 2012 |
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.
November 27, 2013 |
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.
April 28, 2012 |
In "The Hunger Games,"actress Leven Rambin plays a teenage girl who has trained since childhood to fight to the death in a post-apocalyptic arena. To embody the role, Rambin, 21, had to look the part of the young warrior and also be able to wield weapons convincingly - her character, Glimmer, is versed in sword fighting and archery. Rambin talked with us about going beyond her physical comfort zone to prepare for the part, learning to fight in the wilderness and discovering what she's really capable of. You had to get in excellent physical shape for "The Hunger Games.