The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Breaks Records, Earns $161.1 Million For Its Opening Weekend

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Breaks Records, Earns $161.1 Million For Its Opening Weekend

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has broken records, just as box office analysts predicted. Although it came in far below estimates, it still exceeded the first film for its opening weekend, and it also ended up gaining the 2D opening weekend record, beating The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

From Monday to Sunday [counting Thursday previews], Catching Fire earned close to $161 million. To be put it into perspective, Catching Fire earned in three days what Thor: The Dark World took three weeks to get to. Read More Here »



Jennifer Lawrence Gains Buzz, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Tracking For $160 Million Opening Weekend (PHOTOS)

Jennifer Lawrence Gains Buzz, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Tracking For $160 Million Opening Weekend (PHOTOS)

Jennifer Lawrence and the stars of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have been in promotional mode all week, going from country to country, red carpet to red carpet. Alas, their hard work seems to have paid off, since both the domestic and international buzz for the movie is off the charts. The reviews for the film have been staggeringly positive so far, with the majority of critics taking time out to single Lawrence for her performance. I mean, at this point it’s like telling us the color of the sky. The sky is blue. Water is clear. Jennifer Lawrence is a terrific actress and steals the movie. Duh.

What’s surprising is that most critics seem to be embracing this movie even more than the first one, especially when reviewers say that Catching Fire definitely feels like more of a ‘blockbuster’ than The Hunger Games ever did. And of course, the audience almost always builds for sequels, which means the opening weekend for this film could surpass The Hunger Games’ $152 million opening weekend in 2012. Read More Here »



The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Early Reviews And Reactions Are All Positive (VIDEO)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Early Reviews And Reactions Are All Positive

Days ahead of the movie’s world premiere in London, a press screening for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was held for members of the press and media. Despite a strict embargo, a few early tweets and reactions have made their way online, and they’re almost all overwhelmingly positive.

One reviewer wrote, “So… Just attended a press screening for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and all I can say is wow!” Another one wrote, “Just been lucky enough to go to an advanced screening of @TheHungerGames. WHOA. Just….WHOA. Absolute must see.” Some seem to be surprised by the ending, with one tweet stating, “Just watched Hunger Games 2 …. Didn’t expect it to end like that! Clearly I haven’t read the books! Proper good though!” Read More Here »



First Catching Fire TV Spot Reveals More Of The Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Love Triangle (VIDEO)

First Catching Fire TV Spot Reveals More Of The Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Love Triangle (VIDEO)

The Hunger Games conducted its entire promotional campaign without even hinting at the love story, forget the love triangle. Fans of the books obviously knew about the Katniss – Gale – Peeta love triangle, but casual moviegoers were given the barest hint of it in the film. Instead, the movie focused on the action and survival aspects of the story, which turned out to be smart – the film ended up crossing $400 million at the domestic box office alone.

However, now that Catching Fire is weeks away from its release, director Francis Lawrence is clearly using the love triangle to appeal to more fans – a.k.a more teenage girls.

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Catching Fire New Stills – Visual Improvement Over The Hunger Games? (PHOTOS)

Catching Fire New Stills - Visual Improvement Over The Hunger Games? (PHOTOS)

Is it just me, or was there way more anticipation before the release of the first Hunger Games movie last March? Catching Fire‘s release is a month away, yet I’m not hearing about the crazy fan girls on the radio or seeing much of the promotion kick in just yet. Maybe Lionsgate is waiting until November to kick promo into high gear, but for now, they’ve released several new stills from the movie.

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Julianne Moore Cast In Mockingjay As President Coin

Julianne Moore Cast In Mockingjay As President Coin

Although this was rumored months and months ago, it’s just been confirmed by Lionsgate that Julianne Moore will be playing President Alma Coin in the Hunger GamesMockingjay: Part 1 and Mockingjay: Part 2.

Mockingay is the third and final novel of the enormously successful Hunger Games franchise, and the film’s currently being split into two separate parts. Coin plays an integral role in Mockingjay as the leader of the rebellion, and as such, they’ve obviously cast a very high profile actress to play her.

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Sam Claflin Opens Up About Finnick Odair Casting Backlash For “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Sam Claflin Opens Up About Finnick Odair Casting Backlash For "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Sam Claflin has had a few blockbusters under his belt, but getting cast as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ was a different ballgame. Finnick is many Hunger Games fans’ favorite character, and his casting was feverishly debated within online forums and communities months before Claflin was cast.

Of course, Claflin doesn’t exactly look like the Finnick described on page, but he seems to have worked hard to achieve the look for the film. In an interview with Elle, he says the initial backlash actually made him more motivated, explaining, “It helped push me forward and motivate me to work harder. I was reading so many stories about people being unhappy that I got the role—and don’t get me wrong, I don’t sit here Googling myself 24/7—but I think part of me was eager to learn what I needed to do in order to become the Finnick the fans needed me to be. The negative comments made that easier to know what their expectations of me were.”

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Julianne Moore Up For President Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Julianne Moore Up For President Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

The Hunger Games trilogy has become a cultural phenomenon, so it’s no surprise that they’ve managed to land top notch actors for the cast. After the success of the first film and the critical raves that both the books and film enjoyed, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ added one of the best working actors today in the form of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

However, now that Mockingjay: Parts 1 and 2 have gone into pre-production and are set to begin filming this fall, the attention’s turned to who will be cast in one of the most pivotal characters in the trilogy: President Coin. Coin is the only new character to be introduced in the third book to have a significant impact on the storyline, and she’s one of the most complex characters in the series.

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