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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
With just over a month to go before 2014 is upon us, a number of big screen projects are having their release dates fine-tuned. Check out the latest round of updates below. Walk of Shame , the FilmDistrict comedy starring James Marsden, Elizabeth Banks and Gillian Jacobs, will now see release through Focus World and will hit theaters on April 25 rather than the previously-announced March 14. Also moving into April 25 is Lionsgate's supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones , formerly set for April 11. Starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Olivia Cooke and Rory Fleck-Byrne, The Quiet Ones is both written and directed by John Pogue. Already slated for that April 25 date are also Relativity Media's animated adventure Echo and Twentieth Century Fox's The Other Woman »
‘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. »
- Zac Gille
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has ignited the global box office with its opening weekend as the Jennifer Lawrence-headlined sequel amassed a huge $307.7 million haul around the globe, including a $161.1 million domestic weekend - a record for November openings, and the fourth biggest debut of all-time behind The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($169.2 million).
With two weekends to go before arrival of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should have no trouble overtaking its predecessor, which earned $691.2 million ($408 million from North America and $283.2 million). The film is reportedly doing double the business of The Hunger Games in most markets, so there's a good chance that it could go on to break the $1 billion mark globally, which would make it the second film to do so this year, but only time will tell whether »
- Gary Collinson
‘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 »
- Zac Gille
New Hunger Games 2,Catching Fire movie delivered great action,drama,twist & more. Lionsgate finally released their new action/drama flick, "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was excellent,delivering a ton of great action,thrills, drama, and a great twist in the end. It stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, and Sam Claflin. In the new flick, the evil President Snow tells Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) that she defied the Capitol by breaking the rules so that she and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) could both survive the 74th Hunger Games, and that by doing so, she inspired rebellions in districts ,and now, must »
Now playing in traditional theaters and IMAX is the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other. The sequel also stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Donald Sutherland. He talked about what makes The Hunger Games so popular around the world, what it was like collaborating with Francis Lawrence, deleted scenes, what he collects, the way he prepares for a role, future projects, and more. Hit the jump to watch. If you missed my video interviews with Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Back when it was a book, Catching Fire was the story of Katniss Everdeen’s ongoing struggles against the totalitarian crusty-old-dean repressive government of the Capitol. But now Catching Fire is a movie — a movie you and all your cousins will probably see — and the plot has changed a little bit. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is most clearly the story of Jennifer Lawrence, acclaimed actress and Dumb & Dumber fangirl, and her interactions with one of the most overqualified supporting casts this side of Harry Potter. The movie’s episodic structure makes it feel a bit like a parade, with »
- Darren Franich
Jennifer Lawrence ‘Catching 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, »
- Zac Gille
‘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 Ross’ The 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 »
- Zac Gille
Now playing in traditional theaters and IMAX is the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other. The sequel also stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Claflin and Malone. They talked about what makes The Hunger Games so popular around the world, the costumes, what it was like collaborating with Francis Lawrence, deleted scenes, and much more. Hit the jump to watch. If you missed my video interviews with Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth & Woody Harrelson, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
New Catching Fire movie getting very good reviews from top movie critics. Lionsgate finally released their new action/drama flick "Catching Fire" into theaters this weekend, and the official movie reviews from the top critics have arrived from Metacritic.com. As expected, the opinions are pretty damn good across the board,getting an overall 75 score from 44 critics. We've posted snippets from a few of them,below. The film stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund,and Sam Claflin. Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it an awesome 88 out of 100 score,stating , " Very few people will take in this spectacle of a society amusing itself to death, of “reality games” and the »
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” recently made its premiere in New York at AMC Lincoln Square, and members of the cast and crew were happy to give their opinions on what it was like to work on this film. Below are soundbites from Sam Claflin (who plays Finnick Odair), Liam Hemsworth (who plays Gale Hawthorne) and the director of the film, Francis Lawrence. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is in theaters now. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they [ Read More ]
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- Maria Mercedes Lara
Jennifer Lawrence returns in the phenomenal Catching Fire, but that's not the weekend's only terrific offering, says People's critic. From The Hunger Games to Philomena, here's what to see and what to skip at the movies. See ThisThe Hunger Games: Catching FireHope, as it happens, is contagious. So is rage. With their glorious win over 22 other contestants in the annual televised child murder known as The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) inspired their countrymen with their made-for-tv love. They also unwittingly lit a fuse of rebellion that begins to grow in this deeper, darker »
- Alynda Wheat
Opening largely unopposed, and wisely so, all predictions for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have the anticipated sequel opening huge around the globe, with the potential for some record-breaking numbers by the end of the weekend.
The movie opened in cinemas here in the UK yesterday, and it arrives in the Us today, following early previews last night. And after catching a trio of new TV spots earlier in the week, Lionsgate has released a new TV spot heading into the weekend, teasing more action from one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.
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, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Let the Grumbling Games begin! Er… actually, maybe not.
While The Hunger Games: Catching Fire clocks in at an expansive 146 minutes, it necessarily can’t include every beat from Suzanne Collins’s 400-page novel. And because the sequel, like The Hunger Games movie — and unlike Collins’s series — isn’t limited to showing only Katniss’s perspective, the film also contains several scenes that have no basis in Collins’s narrative.
- Hillary Busis
Daniel Radcliffe manages, despite a self-admitted drinking problem, to maintain a good public image. Part of that is that he doesn’t spend a ton of time in the public eye, which he thinks is essential in keeping a measure of privacy. “There are certain things you can do to make it a lot easier on yourself. If you don’t, for instance, go to premieres [for movies] you’re not in, or don’t just turn up at other events and stuff like that. That’s obviously going to help. Also, I don’t have Twitter and I don’t have Facebook, and I think that makes things a lot easier, because if you go on Twitter and tell everybody what you’re doing moment to »
- Ed Kennedy
The games are back -- and yes, they are ever in your favor as the highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire finally hits the big screen. After a whirlwind of premieres, including a star-studded stop in L.A. on Tuesday, Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen with co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Elizabeth Banks. Newcomers joining the sequel, directed by Francis Lawrence, include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright and Jena Malone. Photos: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Cast Shines at Glittery L.A. Premiere Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the
- Stephanie Chan
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