November 23, 2013 |
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" burned up the box office Friday, bringing its total U.S. ticket sales to $70.5 million, according to Lionsgate, the film's distributor. That figure for the Jennifer Lawrence-starring sci-fi action movie, which includes the money brought in by Thursday night showings , puts the sequel on pace to break the record for the biggest November opening ever. "Catching Fire's" box office take so far is slightly better than the first "Hunger Games," which took in $67.3 million through its opening Friday last year and went on to make $152 million in its first weekend.
November 23, 2013 |
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...
September 13, 2012 |
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 21, 2013 |
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.
March 18, 2012 |
"The Hunger Games"is a visual smorgasbord of a movie, a cast of hundreds dressed in everything from utilitarian garb with Depression-era grit to glam-gone-grotesque Gaga get-ups inspired by the latest haute couture. Then there's that dress worn by the young heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) that goes up in flames. It may seem as if it doesn't get much better than this for a costume designer. But the pressure is on to please fans of author Suzanne Collins' YA trilogy, who have purchased millions of copies of the books and have already broken the record previously held by"Twilight Saga: Eclipse"for advance ticket sales for the film, which opens March 23. "I tried to stay as close to the descriptions in the book as I could," says costume designer Judianna Makovsky.
February 6, 2014 |
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 |
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.
March 21, 2012 |
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.
November 20, 2013 |
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.