The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is in its home stretch, with just weeks to go before the big box office opening. Since Guardians of the Galaxy is the only movie from 2014 that can legitimately be called a blockbuster, the 2014 box office title is pretty much guaranteed to go to Mockingjay. I have a feeling that Lionsgate is toning down its usual marketing tactics for that very reason, since we only now received a final trailer for the film.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is just weeks away from being released in theaters, and the TV spots and trailers are starting to roll in. As per the promotional campaign, there was a new TV spot called ‘Choice’ released this morning, and it’s the first time we see a tortured and bloodied Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] alive!
The teaser mainly focuses on Katniss’ [Jennifer Lawrence] state of mind following the destruction of District 12, and her reaction to seeing Peeta alive. We already saw some of this in the main theatrical trailer released a few months ago, but this is the first time we actually see the impact of all the torture and abuse Peeta went through. His face is bruised and bloody, and he looks terrified and emotionally spent. Man, if this small snippet is causing this much feeling, I can’t imagine what the movie’s going to do.
The full-length, theatrical version of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay [Part 1] trailer is finally here. Wow, that’s a doozy of a title to keep typing, but guess what? The trailer is totally worth it, you guys!
It starts off on a pretty downer note, with a little exchange between Katniss and President Snow, and Snow reminding Katniss that it’s the things ‘we love most that destroy us‘. And in other news, Donald Sutherland continues being creep-tastic without getting campy. Also, Jennifer Lawrence = badass.
Then, the epic music begins and we see a montage of all the characters we love and know – Gale, Haymitch, Effie, Beetee – as well as some we don’t – President Coin and Cressida. We see some expansive District 13 shots, proving that this is indeed a revolution. We see scenes of battle, and we also see a massive dam breaking down. And finally, we saw Katniss and Gale blow two hovercrafts out of the sky, before the Mockingjay seal blazes onto the screen, accompanied by the four-note musical whistle that has come to symbolize the series.
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.
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.
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!”