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As you know, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opened last weekend. It’s the Hobbited trilogy of the books by Suzanne Collins and stars our spirit celebrity Jennifer Lawrence, along with Liam Hemsworth (who used to be our favorite Hemsworth, but we can’t pick just one anymore), Josh Hutcherson (he’s Anya’s favorite of all), Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Rip) and lots of others, we’d be here all day.
There’s so much to say about the final installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise…except we can barely speak…The Feels! That Heffie scene! Finnick! Finnick & Annie! Prim! Pollux! The Epilogue. Watch the video as we try to get make sense of this very Tweeks Approved movie and get a few words in about the trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant.
- Maddy and Anya Ernst
I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you. – Dr. Seuss
It’s all fun and games on this week’s show, as we tackle stories filled with war, poverty, time travel, and kidnapping. We kick off with our “What’s in the Box” segment featuring a review of French video game developer Dontnod Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Life is Strange. PopOptiq’s Games Editor, Mike Worby, joins us to explain how this somber, cinematic, story-driven experience is one of the year’s best, his high opinion shared and maybe even surpassed by Editor-in-Chief Ricky. If only there were happier choices… Of course, there are much worse games to play, and with that in mind, for the main event Patrick and Ricky discuss surviving The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the latest and last entry in »
- Ricky Fernandes
Fans have debated back and forth whether splitting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay into two films was a savvy idea, or a miserable waste of a year. There's one group of people that firmly fall into the former camp, and that's the distributors who see that a prolonged finale is easy money. An unnamed studio executive from a rival company went on record praising Lionsgate for taking the final book of Suzanne Collins' Ya phenomenon and splitting it into two films staggered over a two year period. Deadline, through some sort of dark marketing magic, was able to get the competition to praise the indie giant's shrewd move with the following plaudit: Whenever a distributor like Lionsgate doesn.t have a multi-prong franchise like a Marvel, DC Comics or Star Wars, and they find a way to divide up a tentpole into two movies at a reasonable price, more »
The final instalment in the Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay - Part 2, scored the lowest opening haul of the four-film series at the Us box office this weekend, $101m.
Related: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 review – Katniss kicks ass in the final showdown
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- Ben Child
Back in July 2012, Lionsgate confirmed that Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games novel will be split into a two-part movie. The decision, which came just months after The Hunger Games franchise launched, angered many fans of the books, and it seems that strategy may have backfired. Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 took the top spot at the box office with $101 million, the lowest opening weekend of all four movies.
The $101 million opening weekend is far lower than many box office projections, many of which predicted the franchise finale would earn around $120 million. The Hunger Games opened in 2012 with $152.5 million, followed by 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with a franchise-high $158 million, and last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $121.8 million. The franchise has taken in $2.2 billion worldwide since opening just three years ago, and while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
6th/7th/8th Update, Sunday 12:17Am/7:50Am/10:18Am: Lionsgate is reporting that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the last film in the feature adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling Ya lit series, is opening at $101M, which makes it the lowest opening in the franchise. Many think it will do, in its actuals, $102.4M. Last year the opening for Mockingjay – Part 1 fell to $121.M after 2013’s Catching Fire set a franchise opening record of $158M. The outlook months… »
Los Angeles (AP) — "Mockingjay — Part 2," the final "Hunger Games" film, has soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters. For most films this would be a coup, but "The Hunger Games" had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise.
The series kicked off with a $152.5 million weekend in 2012 — one of the highest openings of all time.
- The Associated Press
Los Angeles (AP) - "Mockingjay - Part 2," the final "Hunger Games" film, has soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters. For most films this would be a coup, but "The Hunger Games" had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise.
The series kicked off with a $152.5 million weekend in 2012 - one of the highest openings of all time.
- The Associated Press
Jennifer Lawrence fights on to the flawed denoument of an entertaining series with complex ideas about power and corruption
If The Hunger Games was Battle Royale, Catching Fire was Rollerball and Mockingjay – Part 1 was Broadcast News, then everything goes a bit Quantum of Solace in this hotchpotch final instalment. MJ2 picks up exactly where its predecessor left off, with Katniss Everdeen (girl on fire Jennifer Lawrence) nursing injuries inflicted upon her by the recently retrieved but still brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). As rebel forces ready themselves for the last battle with President Snow (the silver-tongued Donald Sutherland), Julianne Moore’s Alma Coin starts to look less like a liberator than an ice queen in waiting, leaving Katniss wondering what – and for whom – she is fighting.
Despite an attempt to bring the spirit of the games on to the battlefield (marauding House of the Dead-style “mutts” and contrived booby-trapped battlefields »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Just what a blockbuster franchise “The Hunger Games” has been came into sharp focus Saturday after “Mockingjay – Part 2” starring Jennifer Lawrence roared to a strong $46 million in its first day Friday, putting it on pace for a $102 million opening weekend for Lionsgate. The fourth film adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ best-selling young adult novels will end the two-week reign of James Bond and “Spectre” atop the domestic box office and it’s headed for the year’s fifth-best debut. It also opened at No. 1 in 82 of the 87 foreign markets in which it rolled out and Lionsgate is projecting a global total of. »
- Todd Cunningham
Chicago – This has to be what the filmmakers intended when they split the final book of the “Hunger Games” series into two films. While “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” was all set up, Part 2 doesn’t just lead up to a huge climax.
It’s all climax in a campaign that barely stops to breathe. When the characters aren’t running for their lives they’re engaged in a passionless love triangle. It’s all brooding conversations in darkness, and booby traps as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) marches on the Capitol to stick an arrow through President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) heart.
This series is no one’s idea of great filmmaking, but they do have enough resources and tools at their disposal to elevate them above the usual Young Adult franchises. Gone are the social and political commentaries and the fantastical world of the capitol filled with extravagent excess. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The odds were not always in favor of The Hunger Games. Sure, when Lionsgate and indie studio Color Force picked up the rights to the Suzanne Collins' series in 2009, the young adult craze was in full swing. Still, nothing was guaranteed. Just ask the people behind The Golden Compass film about risks and rewards in the game of Ya adaptations. They'll have some stories of heartbreak. Since the release of The Hunger Games in 2012, though, this was the new franchise by which others were measured. It's taken just four years for the series to begin and reach its inevitable conclusion, and that time has finally come. The series on fire ends with Mockingjay – Part 2, the thrilling conclusion to a truly awesome series of movies. As mentioned in my review for last year's entry into the series, the first half of Mockingjay, there's a built-in flaw any time a novel »
- Jeremy Kirk
The beloved and lucrative Hunger Games franchise comes to an end this weekend with the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which closes out Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) story. Back in February, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer teased that the studio is actively developing sequel and prequel ideas, and this July, Josh Hutcherson teased that some sort of follow-up is happening. While doing press for the franchise finale, Francis Lawrence, who directed the last three movies, revealed to Yahoo! Movies UK that he isn't sure fans would show up for a prequel, citing one big reason.
"The obvious choice would be to go back to someone else's games, like the Haymitch games or something. The problem with that is that you know the outcome, so you've got to figure out what's interesting, what characters do you want to see, what's the new idea? We've just explored war and trauma »
What do I mean when I use the phrase "better than it has to be" when I'm talking about a movie? It's a question I was asked by e-mail after publishing my review of "Creed" this week, and it's a question that I thought I should answer since I'm going to say the same thing about "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2." What it means is that there are films that exist primarily as commerce that could easily be produced in the safest, most middle-of-the-road way possible and they would do fine with their audience. When Lionsgate saw the frenzy that greeted the announcement that they were making films based on the Suzanne Collins novels, they would have been smart to make the single safest version of those books. From the start of the series, though, they've made choices that make these feel like they're not doing anything the safe way. »
- Drew McWeeny
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," the final film in Lionsgate's franchise adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular young adult novel franchise, opened last night with the film grossing a whopping $16 million in Thursday night previews.
That number is actually down on the $17 million earned on Thursday by last year's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" which went on to an opening day of $55 million and weekend opening of $121.9 million. Estimates for 'Part 2' have already been revised today and now sit at around $110 million - the lowest of the series to date.
It's a far cry from the franchise's second film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" which did $25 million in Thursday night previews two years ago ahead of a $158 million opening weekend. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" has already opened in most international markets and has reportedly been doing well.
Review wise the film is doing slightly better than its »
- Garth Franklin
Katniss Everdeen.s (Jennifer Lawrence) story may be coming to a close with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay . Part 2, but that does not mean there are no stories left to tell in the dystopian world of Panem. Director Francis Lawrence has openly stated that he would love to tell more Hunger Games tales . on the condition that author Suzanne Collins come up with the story . but where should the franchise go from here? A new report from Yahoo indicates Lawrence.s hesitation to helm a prequel story to the current Hunger Games continuity. And his reasoning is sound: The obvious choice would be to go back to someone else.s games, like the Haymitch games or something. The problem with that is that you know the outcome, so you.ve got to figure out what.s interesting, what characters do you want to see, what.s the new idea? We »
More than three years after the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise kicked off, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 brings this beloved story to a close, arriving in theaters this weekend. While we'll have to wait until Sunday to see how this epic finale fared at the box office, Deadline reports that it's already off to a good start, taking in $16 million during Thursday preview screenings. The tally is just $1 million shy of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1's $17 million Thursday take from last year.
This $16 million figure brings The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2's worldwide total to $43 million. The finale is currently the #1 movie in 66 of the 68 global markets it's opened in, as it launches in 19 additional territories starting today. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is set to open in 4,175 North American movie theaters today, and over 33,000 theaters worldwide. Last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part »
Today we see the end of yet another epic cinematic tale with the release of The Hunger Games: MockingJay - Part 2, the fourth part of the trilogy. As hard as the studio has tried to prevent it, the films are now over. Aren't they? We already know the studio is looking at ways to keep the franchise going. Director Francis Lawrence now says he would love to direct more films in the series. On the condition that the stories come from the same source that the original trilogy did. Lawrence seems to feel very strongly that author Suzanne Collins is the gatekeeper to The Hunger Games and that any plans to make more don't really count unless they're her plans. If there were ever more stories, I think they'd have to come from Suzanne Collins. »
Spoiler Alert: If you haven't read the books, or seen the movies, um, well, you need to fix that. Stat. You also need to stop reading now because spoilers.
Still with us? Okay. But ya been warned.
It's always tough for a book fan to discover that a scene, quote, or character they consider important didn't make it into the film adaptation.
Although the adaptations of Suzanne Collins' best-selling "Hunger Games" trilogy are widely considered a critical and commercial success, there are still many missing moments that fans, even fans who love the films, wish had been included from page to screen. We know there are dozens in each installment, but here are six book scenes from the four films that you can only read about, because the filmmakers didn't include or focus on them in the movies. »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
The day is finally here: the final instalment of Katniss’s struggle against President Snow and the Capitol arrives in theaters today with the premiere of the final “Hunger Games” movie “Mockingjay Pt. 2.” It’s a bittersweet moment for fans, and for those of us who consider the film to be one of the best Ya franchises out there, but it also allows a little time for reflection, and to give its filmmakers and stars a chance to think about where things might go in Panem from here. Speaking to Yahoo, director Francis Lawrence, who helmed the last three of the four movies, has joined the accidental trend started by Peter Jackson yesterday, of surprising honesty about the challenges of the schedule he was on. “Mockingjay,” the final book in Suzanne Collins’s trilogy, was split into two but shot back-to-back, with the first landing only a year after the release of the second movie, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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