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September 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
A week after it was displaced by "Battleship," "The Hunger Games" is back on top of the DVD sales charts. However, "Battleship" has risen to the top of the DVD rental charts for the first time. During the week ended Sept. 2, "Hunger Games" was the best selling DVD and Blu-ray disc in the U.S., according to Rentrak Corp. "Battleship" was the most rented disc. "The Hunger Games" was released Aug. 18, while "Battleship" hit store shelves Aug. 28. Two movies new on DVD, the thriller "Safe" and comedy "The Five Year Engagement," both failed to gin up much interest.
November 24, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Movie theaters got scorched this weekend as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” blazed its way to the top of the box office, easily beating last weekend's No. 1 contender, “Thor: The Dark World,” and recording the highest-grossing November opening of all time. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring sequel to last year's “The Hunger Games” raked in an estimated $161 million, according to Lionsgate, the film's distributor. The sci-fi thriller was hosed down just short of beating out “Iron Man 3” for the best opening of the year.
November 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The saga of Katniss Everdeen will bring the masses into its arena this weekend as "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" arrives in theaters, easily unseating "Thor: The Dark World" for the top box-office spot. Lionsgate's "Hunger Games" sequel, which will open in 4,100 theaters starting with Thursday night showings, is expected to take in as much as $180 million through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Lower estimates for the Jennifer Lawrence-starring movie put it at between $150 million and $170 million.
November 23, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
No surprise: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will make a lot of money this weekend. The Jennifer Lawrence film, based on the post-apocalyptic young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins, opened with 8 p.m. previews on Thursday and is already making a killing -- fetching $25.25 million on its first night.  As we enter the much-watched, possibly record-breaking debut weekend (which could see total ticket sales anywhere from $150 million to over...
November 29, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ever wonder what made Suzanne Collins come up with the idea for "The Hunger Games"? It's a pretty terrifying story: Teenagers are set loose in the woods and forced to fight to the death. Hmm, maybe that year Collins' dad spent in Vietnam has something to do with it. Her next book may shed some light -- although it will be an unusual light. "Year of the Jungle" is an autobiographical book about the year Collins was in first grade and her father was a soldier in Vietnam. But it's a picture book.
February 6, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. rode its hit film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" to a record-setting third quarter. The company reported record quarterly revenue of $839.9 million, up 13% from a year earlier. Lions Gate turned a profit of $88.8 million, up from $37.8 million for the same period a year earlier. Lions Gate partly attributed the success to "The Hunger Games" sequel, which was released Nov. 22 and has grossed $861 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
November 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
After the coffee. Before pitching my young-adult novel.  The Skinny: I saw "Catching Fire" on Saturday and enjoyed it, though I set a high bar for dystopian fiction. Oh, and for the sake of self-promotion, I'm writing the weekly box-office projections now, so watch out for that. Monday's stories include the box-office wrap-up, Katie Couric's latest career move and the two Hercules movies coming out next year.  Daily Dose: The possible courting of Time Warner Cable by Comcast and Charter Communications could mean another squaring off between media moguls Brian Roberts and John Malone.
November 20, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Second movies in a series can be such a comfort: We already know the key characters, we have a sense of where the plot is going, we just have to hang on and enjoy the thrills. Which is what happens with "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. " An effective piece of melodramatic popular entertainment that savvily builds on the foundation established by the first "Hunger Games" movie, "Catching Fire" layers in increased visual brio while remaining faithful to the essence of a trilogy popular enough to have more than 50 million copies in print.
March 21, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When you're talking about "The Hunger Games," it all comes down to Katniss. Like other strong-minded women who have driven book sales into the stratosphere - think Lisbeth Salander of the "Dragon Tattoo" triology and even Bella Swan of the "Twilight" series - ace archer Katniss Everdeen is an indomitable heroine whom nothing fazes or flusters for long. Making a successful "Hunger Games" movie out of Suzanne Collins' novel required casting the best possible performer as Katniss, and in Jennifer Lawrence director Gary Ross and company have hit the bull's-eye, so to speak.
September 13, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
In "The Hunger Games," 24 teenagers fight to the death in a tournament whose slogan is "May the odds be ever in your favor. " Executives at Lions Gate Entertainment are hoping those words will ring true for them as they gamble on the most anticipated literary adaptation to hit Hollywood since "Twilight" and "Harry Potter. " The first of four planned "Hunger Games" films, based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy, wrapped production in North Carolina on Saturday and will hit theaters March 23. A successful "Hunger Games" franchise could transform the studio, much as "Twilight" did rival Summit Entertainment, by providing reliable income for years from box-office, DVD and digital sales as well as television licensing and merchandise.
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