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'Mockingjay' Beats 'Guardians' as Biggest Movie of 2014

'Mockingjay' Beats 'Guardians' as Biggest Movie of 2014
For the second year in a row, Katniss Everdeen stands alone atop the box office heap. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which opened in November and is still playing in over 1,200 theaters, has earned $333.18 million as of yesterday, surpassing the Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Despite already being released on Blu-ray and DVD, Guardians of the Galaxy is still playing, though it was only screening in 65 theaters nationwide last weekend, meaning its domestic take of $333.17 million won't increase too much over the next few weeks.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still has some work to do if it wants to surpass its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was 2013's top movie at the box office with $424.7 million. While That movie's take was bolstered by 3D and IMAX screenings, Deadline's sources claim that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was screened in,
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New Resurrection Season 2,Episode 11 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Resurrection" episode 11 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "True Believer," and it turns out that we're going to see some interesting stuff when Preacher James delivers a new ominous energy into town , and more. In the new, 11th episode press release: The return of Preacher James will bring an ominous new energy to the town, especially for Bellamy who seems to have a strange and unnerving connection to him. Now a detainee at the government facility, Margaret is going to keep to herself but her reputation will precede her and the other returned are going to definitely take notice. Then the unthinkable is going to happen to Henry which shakes everybody's faith to their core. Guest stars feature: Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston, Kathleen Munroe as Rachael Braidwood, Nadej Bailey as Jenny, Michael Tourek as Cauliflower Ear, Jim Parrack as Preacher James,
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'World Made Straight' Trailer Starring Minka Kelly and Noah Wyle

'World Made Straight' Trailer Starring Minka Kelly and Noah Wyle
Just three months after Millennium Entertainment acquired the dramatic thriller The World Made Straight, the studio has released the first trailer.

In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, young and rebellious Travis Shelton (Jeremy Irvine) finds himself ensnared in the violence of the past and the subtle evils of the present. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, The World Made Straight also stars Noah Wyle, Minka Kelly and Haley Joel Osment.

In addition, we also have a new poster for director David Burris' adaptation, which debuts on iTunes and in theaters on January 9, 2015. Check out the latest footage and the one-sheet below.

The World Made Straight comes to theaters January 9th, 2015 and stars Adelaide Clemens, Minka Kelly, Haley Joel Osment, Jeremy Irvine, Noah Wyle, Robin Mullins, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Steve Earle. The film is directed by David Burris.
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'World Made Straight' Starring Minka Kelly Lands at Millennium

'World Made Straight' Starring Minka Kelly Lands at Millennium
Millennium Entertainment announced today that they have acquired all domestic rights for the coming-of-age thriller The World Made Straight, and will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in February 2015.

Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens and Haley Joel Osment star in the film. Directed by David Burris, the film is based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash, and scripted by Shane Danielsen. Myriad Pictures is handling world sales on the film.

Based on the acclaimed novel by the same name, The World Made Straight is set in a rural community heavy with a dark past and dangerous present. The film follows a rebellious young man, Travis, (Jeremy Irvine) as he struggles to decide between the dark path he is on and the chance at a new life.

The film's soundtrack includes tracks by Academy Award-winning artist Glen Hansard; Ellie Goulding, who won for Best Song,
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'The Hunger Games' Announces Touring Exhibit and Mobile Game

'The Hunger Games' Announces Touring Exhibit and Mobile Game
Lionsgate announced today a new The Hunger Games mobile game, in conjunction with Kabam, and a touring exhibit that will allow fans across the country to immerse themselves in this world like never before, leading into the November release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the 2015 release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

Here is the official mobile game press release, followed by details for the The Hunger Games exhibition.

Kabam, a world leader in free-to-play games for traditional players, today announced that it has partnered with Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), the premier next generation global content leader, to create a mobile game based on the global blockbuster movie franchise The Hunger Games.

Kabam will produce an exclusive role playing, card collection mobile game that will deliver the action of the blockbuster film into the hands of avid fans around the world. In the game, players assume the
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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Sells 3.9 Million Blu-ray and DVD Units

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Sells 3.9 Million Blu-ray and DVD Units
Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise continued to gain momentum as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend of North American release and had the biggest digital launch in the Company's history with opening weekend digital sales increasing nearly 40% over the first Hunger Games film.

The record digital performance was driven by #1 openings on all major digital platforms, including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network, among others. Higher-margin Blu-ray titles surged to 50% of all packaged media sales of Catching Fire in its opening weekend compared to 35% of packaged media sales of the first Hunger Games film.

Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate President and General Manager of Home Entertainment Sales & Distribution, had this to say in a statement about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's home video release.
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President Snow Shares His Favorite Scenes in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' | Exclusive

President Snow Shares His Favorite Scenes in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' | Exclusive
The wait is almost over! In just a few short hours, the biggest movie of 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on Blu-ray and DVD. Before you head to your local retailer to pick up this blockbuster, we have an exclusive interview with Donald Sutherland, who plays the nefarious President Snow. This leader of Panem changes the rules for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, which marks the return of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) to the battle arena, in this adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novel. Watch as Donald Sutherland explains one of his favorite scenes from the sequel, and how President Snow relishes the adversarial relationship he has with young Katniss.

Hailed as "a monumental achievement" (The Playlist), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features a critically-acclaimed cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (Donald Sutherland), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray Trailer and Release Date

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray Trailer and Release Date
The blockbuster second film of The Hunger Games franchise that took the world by storm ignites once again when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View Friday, March 7 from Lionsgate. Academy Award winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (2012's Silver Linings Playbook) headlines the all-star cast in this action-adventure which became the #1 movie of 2013 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office. The first film with a female lead to top the annual box office since 1973, the film has grossed nearly $420 million at the North American box office and over $850 million worldwide to date. Before you read the rest of the official details, Lionsgate has released a new trailer for this Blu-ray and DVD release, which you can check out below, along with the cover artwork.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Tops Iron Man 3 for #1 Spot at the Domestic Box Office

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Tops Iron Man 3 for #1 Spot at the Domestic Box Office
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013 as it grossed an estimated $493,000 last night for an estimated domestic cumulative gross to date of $409.4 million in its first 49 days of release, the Company announced today.

Catching Fire, which set records for the biggest November opening weekend of all time ($158.1 million) as well as the biggest three- and five-day Thanksgiving box office totals ever, has already become the 13(th) highest-grossing North American release in history and remains in wide release. It passed the first Hunger Games film, which grossed $408 million at the domestic box office, on Tuesday and is the fifth fastest film ever to reach the $400 million mark at the domestic box office.

The success of Catching Fire marks the first time the first two installments of a franchise have each topped $400 million at the domestic box office, and both
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Fire vs. Water at the Domestic Box Office

Catching Fire’ vs. ‘Frozen’: Weekend box office early estimates (photo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) It’s gonna be a battle to the death between water and fire at the domestic box office. Sorry, couldn’t resist the cheesy lead, but … The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen will be vying for the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, December 6-8, 2013. New entry Out of the Furnace, despite the presence of The Dark Knight‘s Christian Bale, is no competition, after opening to chilly per-theater figures last week. More on Out of the Furnace in a follow-up post. Currently at 4,163 locations, Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, was the top movie on Friday, grossing $7.5 million according to Nikki Finke‘s early, rough estimates. Despite 3D surcharges, the fact that it’s a more recent release,
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Thg Sequel to Become the This Year's Biggest Success at the Us/Canada Box Office?

Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off
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Weekend Box Office: Thg Sequel Catching Fire Fails to Surpass Two Nolan-Directed Batman Movies (and More If Inflation Taken Into Account)

Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Record breaker with qualifiers — though a huge success all the same (photo: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) For the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, Lionsgate overestimated the domestic box office take of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by nearly 2%. Doesn’t sound like much? What about $3 million? That figure can make a hell of a difference when we’re talking box office records. In fact, it can be the difference between a movie breaking and not breaking a box office record. All day Sunday heralded as the biggest 2D opening ever in the United States and Canada, the Francis Lawrence-directed Catching Fire actually opened below two movies: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008). And when inflation is taken into account, as it always should, the The Hunger Games sequel falls behind a couple of other titles as well.
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Catching Fire Seemingly About to Break November Record, Surpassing New Moon (and The Hunger Games)

Catching Fire’ weekend box office: ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel poised for biggest domestic November debut ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) On Friday, November 22, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (slightly) surpassed the higher end of early North American box office predictions, pulling in an estimated $70.5 million (including $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows) from 4,163 sites as per Box Office Mojo. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games sequel seems poised to shatter the current November opening-weekend record held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. But then again, comparisons between the two movies may not be exactly fair; more on that below. Last week, some box office pundits (and, reportedly, Lionsgate Pictures as well) were expecting Catching Fire to open somewhere near Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3‘s $174.14 million
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Has a Stronger Opening Than The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Has a Stronger Opening Than The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is poised to be one of the biggest franchises of this decade as the latest installment The Hunger Games: Catching Fire pulls in an estimated $70.5 million from its Friday opening, which includes $25.3 million from Thursday night previews. This is roughly $2.5 million more than the original The Hunger Games earned when it opened in March of 2012 with $67.3 million.

The film currently holds a 98% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and an A rating from audiences taking part in the CinemaScore exit poll. The studio hopes that the film can take the November opening record, with its weekend estimate at over $143 million. 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon holds the current November record with $142.8 million. The second and third spots on the November record books are also held by Twilight movies. While the Twilight movies had higher opening day numbers, the films were unable to hold those numbers throughout the weekend,
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Hunger Games Sequel to Surpass Twilight: New Moon, Original Thg Movie?

Jennifer LawrenceCatching Fire’ weekend box office: Surpassing ‘Twilight: New Moon’ for biggest domestic November opening ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is expected to collect anywhere between $63-$70 million (according to Nikki Finke) and $67.5 million (according to Deadline.com) at 4,163 North American locations on Friday, November 22, 2013. That figure includes an estimated $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows, as found at Box Office Mojo. (Saturday addendum: Catching Fire opened with an estimated $70.5 million. See also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Early, unofficial weekend estimates have the second installment in the Hunger Games movie franchise grossing anywhere between $140-$150 million in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. Some early prognosticators had Catching Fire soaring much higher, up to Iron Man 3 heights ($174.14 million,
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Hunger Games Sequel Has Near-Record Thursday Debut While Star Lawrence Starts Screaming at NY Premiere

Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary RossThe Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Earns $25.2 Million on Thursday Night

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Earns $25.2 Million on Thursday Night
Theaters across the country caught fire last night when the highly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened in theaters nationwide with 8 Pm, 10 Pm and midnight screenings. The follow-up earned a whopping $25.2 million from these Thursday night screenings, 28% higher than The Hunger Games' $19.7 preview earnings last spring. However, the original did not have 8 Pm screenings, so that could account for some of the increase.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is already on track to be one of the biggest movies this year at the box office. Iron Man 3, which currently stands as the highest-grossing movie this year at $409 million, made just $15.6 million from its Thursday night screenings, en route to a $174.4 million opening weekend.

The sequel, directed by Francis Lawrence, has already taken in $32 million internationally from 43 territories, with most regions grossing twice as much as the original last year. It expands to 65 international territories starting today.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Exclusive: Jeffrey Wright Talks The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Exclusive: Jeffrey Wright Talks The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Jeffrey Wright talks Beetee, working with Amanda Plummer and more in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theaters November 22

One of the many, many things I enjoyed about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (clickHere to read my full review) is not only how much they show us much more of Panem, but also the influx of new characters. One of the several new faces this time around is Beetee, played to perfection by Jeffrey Wright. A former winner from District 3, Beetee won his unspecified Hunger Games by constructing an electrical trap that killed all of his competitors, skills that prove to come in handy during the Third Quarter Quell, where past winners are summoned back into the battle arena to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the games.

I recently had the chance to sit down with Jeffrey Wright one-on-one to discuss his experiences on the set and much more, as
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Exclusive: Producer Nina Jacobson Talks The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Exclusive: Producer Nina Jacobson Talks The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Producer Nina Jacobson talks The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theaters November 22

In this day and age where more and more actors are turning to directing, the same can be said for studio executives becoming producers, although names like Peter Chernin and Joe Roth don't generate as many headlines as George Clooney and Angelina Jolie. Nina Jacobson is another former executive-turned-producer, who has gone from overseeing The Sixth Sense and Remember the Titans at Disney to producing the massive box office hit The Hunger Games, and its highly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (clickHere to read my full review).

I recently had the chance to sit down with this talented producer to chat about how her development background helped her Color Force Productions company land the Suzanne Collins novel trilogy in the first place, to the increasingly raised stakes in the sequel, and much more. Here's what she had to say.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire TV Spot 'Critics'

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire TV Spot 'Critics'
Fans of Lionsgate's lucrative The Hunger Games franchise have just a few short days left until The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters on November 22. Today, the studio has released a new TV spot, which features quotes from select movie critics and new footage of the battle arena, which is being controlled by Philip Seymour Hoffman's Plutarch Heavensbee. Will "The Girl on Fire," Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) triumph once again? Find out when director Francis Lawrence's adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel debuts in theaters this Friday.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes to theaters November 22nd, 2013 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Taylor St. Clair, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Paula Malcomson. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence.
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