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‘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, »
- Zac Gille
The latest installment of the franchise created from Suzanne Collins's young adult dystopian trilogy, "The Hunger Games, Catching Fire" is even more gut-wrenching, sleeker with raw emotions and engrossing than its predecessor, which released in 2012.
Yet, it lacks the elements to sustain itself as an appealing entertainer.
The film begins on a note of suspense, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) killing a man, obviously by mistake and she redeems herself with, "I did what I did, to survive." This lays the foundation of the. »
- Abhijeet Sen
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has topped the UK box office for a second week.
Francis Lawrence's sequel made a total of £5.5 million ($9m) in its second week of release in the UK, surpassing all of the weekend's new releases.
Animated comedy Free Birds was the highest-grossing new entry in third place with £1 million ($1.7 million), behind Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, which retained the number 2 spot in its fourth week on release.
The Sandra Bullock-starring sci-fi has now taken more than £22 million ($36.8 million) in the UK alone, making it the ninth highest-grossing film of the year overall.
Disney's biographical drama Saving Mr Banks and Sony's Carrie remake debuted at fourth and fifth spot with £795,615 ($1.3 million) and £662,625 ($1 million) respectively.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »
Concept Art by Nathan Schroeder Click Here To See More Catching Fire Concept Art The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. »
Directed by Francis Lawrence.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Paula Malcomson, Willow Shields, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
When The Hunger Games opened up last year it was met with many positive reviews and went on to make almost $700 million worldwide. I was a little skeptical in seeing it because we were almost done with the Twilight franchise and it looked like The Hunger Games was trying to capitalize on its success. Thankfully, the film turned out to be quite good - it had it's problems but was leagues better than any of the Twilight films. »
- Gary Collinson
‘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 »
- Zac Gille
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $74.5 million over the standard Friday to Sunday weekend frame. The Francis Lawrence film starring Jennifer Lawrence, averaged $17,826 per theater, and now has over $296.5 million earned domestically, and around $276.5 million overseas, for a worldwide cume of over $573 million coined, from a $130 million production budget. Over the 5 day frame running from Wednesday to Sunday, Catching Fire earned a hefty $110.2 million, becoming the highest 5 day gross over the Thanksgiving window, according to Rentrak. Disney's Frozen now holds the biggest Thanksgiving debut ever in both the 3 day and 5 day weekend with $66.7 million and $93 million. The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures release is also the second highest 5 day gross holder ever over Thanksgiving. Pic voiced by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, turned in $66.7 million grossed from 3,724 theaters, averaging $17,828 per theater from the 3 day frame, »
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has, predictably, lit a spark under the box office, earning mega-bucks (it's currently sitting on a $276.4M total - just $7M shy of the first movie's lifetime gross!) the world over. The Francis Lawrence directed movie has also gone over very well with critics, currently maintaining an 89% on Rt. There are still those that refuse to acknowledge that these movies are anything more than "kiddie Twilight crap" however, and those stats will probably do little to change their opinion on that. But, if you happen to be someone who took a chance on Catching Fire, were you pleasantly surprised? And if you were already a fan, did it disappoint at all? Vote below and have your say in the comments section. »
Catching Fire Director Francis Lawrence worked on big action movies before like I Am Legend starring Will Smith so he knew what to expect helming the sophomore movie in The Hunger Games franchise. Speaking to The Hero Complex blog at The Los Angeles Times, Lawrence admitted the arena work and the battle in the came with unexpected challenges. Director Francis Lawrence took the job to direct Catching Fire, the hit sequel to The Hunger Games, just 20 weeks before the start of shooting. Talking to the Hero Complex blog at The Los Angeles Times as the movie continued its streak as the world’s top-earning movie, Lawrence admitted the he’s used to working quickly and handling big action sequences thanks to his work behind the camera on I Am Legend. »
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took an amazing $31.3 million yesterday, putting it well on track to earning $500 million worldwide. With a current domestic haul of $253.3 million, its total cume today stands at $482.3 million. The Francis Lawrence helmed sequel is currently on course to have one of the best second weekends in the history of the North American box office with a five day Thanksgiving total of $110 million, and north of $75 million for the weekend itself. Despite facing stiff competition from Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now holds the prestigious honour of being the highest grossing Thanksgiving movie. Meanwhile, Spike Lee's Oldboy is a massive flop as it now looks likely to gross an embarrassing $1.2 million for the five days. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta »
Never underestimate producer Nina Jacobson, who once ran production at Disney and knows how to surround herself with smart people, from "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins to indie producer Jon Kilik. It wasn't easy to turn Suzanne Collins' first book in her "Hunger Games" trilogy into a global blockbuster, nor was it easy to navigate through the departure of director Gary Ross to find his replacement, Francis Lawrence, amid a change of management at the studio, Lionsgate. But Jacobson carefully steered the $140-million "Catching Fire" to its takeoff last weekend, when it broke records, and is soaring into the holiday stratosphere. We spoke on the phone during a break on her breathless round of premieres around the world in London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Paris, La and New York. Anne Thompson: How did you manage to take this movie through a departing director? Nina Jacobson: Simon Beaufoy ["Slumdog Millionaire"] was writing for Gary Ross, »
- Anne Thompson
Global blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" easily iced the competition on Wednesday as it continued to reign over the box office. The Francis Lawrence directed flick pulled in another $20 million for a jaw-dropping $207 million in just 6 days. That's $25 million ahead of where "The Hunger Games" was at the same point in its run in 2012. Granted, that was during a traditionally less competitive Spring frame, but the continuing adventures of Katniss, Peeta and Gale may surpass its predecessor's $408 million domestic gross when all is said and done. Not to be outdone by "Catching Fire," Walt Disney Studios received some »
- Gregory Ellwood
Concept Art by Dawn Brown The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Opens on November 22, 2013. »
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" torched the box office last weekend and has already grossed over $186 million. That was pretty much expected based on the franchise's fan base and the strength of the first film in the franchise, 2012's "The Hunger Games." What had to be a happy surprise to Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence were some of the glowing reviews the film has received. Some pundits even throwing out that "Catching Fire" is so good it's the best sequel since "Empire Strikes Back." Ok, the HitFix team thinks it's a really good flick, but let's not get crazy here people. "Catching »
- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Dan Fienberg, Katie Hasty, Dave Lewis
Welcome to the Ya Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s continuing guide to young adult book-to-film adaptations. Francis Lawrence did it. He stepped in for Gary Ross and didn’t just churn out another quality Hunger Games adaptation --- he raised the bar even higher. But now that begs the question: can he do it again? The odds were in Lawrence’s favor in every respect with Catching Fire. He had a built-in audience, a much bigger budget, all the star power in the world and, most importantly, impeccable source material. After reading the trilogy countless times over, Catching Fire is still the most fluid of the bunch and is absolutely brimming with cinematic quality. Even though Hunger Games is a close second to Catching Fire, from a book-to-film adaptation...
- Perri Nemiroff
New Hunger Games 3,Mockingjay movie spoiler details revealed by the Director. According to a new report from Mockingjay.net, "Mockingjay" movie director, Francis Lawrence, chatted it up with Wired magazine, and revealed some new spoiler intel for the flick. He really emphasized that they will stay true to the books, and talks about some major violence,loss,real consequences, and more. Francis told them, "To me, Catching Fire is the beginning of it, where you start to see that damage and it only gets worse. Obviously, if you know Mockingjay, you know stuff is done to Peeta and so there’s a lot more exploration of that. The ending of the book and the book itself is just really important to me. I will just say that we’re making the book. But because we are splitting it into two, there’s room for world growth. I don’t want »
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Family Guy surprised its viewers with a shock plot twist as one of its iconic characters was killed off last weekend.
In an episode first aired in the Us on November 24, Brian the talking dog - voiced by creator Seth MacFarlane - met his grisly end after being hit by a car. However, there has been speculation among Family Guy fans that Brian's demise may not be all that it seems.
So, as viewers come to terms with the loss of the loyal and beloved Brian, we attempt to tug on your heartstrings a touch more with 8 of the saddest fictional dog deaths on the big and small screen.
1. Turner & Hooch
We can still taste the endless salty tears that streamed down our face following Hooch's untimely death in the line of duty in Turner & Hooch.
Detective Scott Turner »
As a fan of the original books, I can say that this hugely anticipated Hunger Games sequel – subtitled Catching Fire – is a major triumph. It exceeds the first of the planned four-part series in every way (even Jennifer Lawrence managed to outdo herself as the lead,) and crucially, it gives us a heroine to root for and a villain to loath (though it is so enjoyable to loath President Snow, played with stone cold conviction by the great Donald Sutherland).
For those unaware, The Hunger Games tells the story of the dystopian remains of North America, now called Panem, divided into twelve districts and the Capitol. Every year, a male and female child from each of the poor districts are picked as tributes in a fight to the death for the entertainment of the capitol, and as a deterrent against uprising, and in punishment for a historical rebellion that saw the end of District 13. »
- Haydn Spurrell
Let.s have a serious conversation for a second. You know who sucked in the first Hunger Games movie? Sucked. Sucked. Suuucked with two more u.s than necessary. Peeta Mellark. Whether brooding about Katniss. lack of love for him or limping around the playing field like an injured bunny rabbit, he was a complete and total buzzkill during round one. He may as well have contorted himself into the fetal position and wrapped his skinny little body around Katniss. neck like an ill-fitting turtleneck or an outlandishly sized necklace. He was dead weight with only some painting talent to fall back on. Even worse, his general vibe came off as way more helpless little brother than believable love interest, which didn.t exactly help the whole Team Gale vs Team Peeta plotline. Fortunately, that whole pathetic vibe was almost completely washed away by director Francis Lawrence in Catching Fire. »
(Spoiler Alert: This piece reveals key plot details from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”)
More than once over the past several years, during the steady diet of teenage wizards and emo vampires that we have come to call moviegoing, I’ve felt compelled to ask: What is the purpose of adapting popular fantasy fiction for the screen? Is it (a) to faithfully reproduce the author’s sacred text in every last particular for the benefit of hardcore fanboys and fangirls? Or is it (b) to refashion the material as an entirely new experience, trimmed down and in some cases completely overhauled?
The answer, of course, is (c) to make a killing at the box office, an outcome generally arrived at by finding some happy middle ground between options (a) and (b), between undue reverence and wholesale reinvention. Peter Jackson struck just the right balance in his magnificent “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, »
- Justin Chang
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