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2015 has been a big year for Hollywood. So far, four movies have topped the billion-dollar mark worldwide.Jurassic World, Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Minions.which places each of them in the top ten of all time globally. And The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.Part 2 is just getting rolling, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still to come, so things could potentially get even bigger, box office wise. That said, not every movie of the past year was a big financial success. In fact, there were some straight up box office dogs to be found. There.s still obviously a chunk of 2015 left, but Forbes put together their list of the biggest flops and box office turkeys of the year. Not necessarily the movies that made the least money, this list focuses on movies that opened wide, in at least 2000 theaters, and that produced the smallest return »
"Real or not real?" Peeta famously asks in the Mockingjay book, and to hear Josh Hutcherson utter that line in Mockingjay - Part 2 will give anyone who read the books - or has fallen in love with The Hunger Games' central romance - some very real goosebumps. It's a phrase that somehow embodies the very complicated relationship between Peeta and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), who go from acquaintances to allies to a fake couple to a real one over the course of four movies. With the series coming to an end, there is also an end for Katniss and Peeta - and we don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say they have a happy one. To celebrate the couple who has really, really been through a lot together, we're looking back at the evolution of Katniss and Peeta's relationship. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, 2015.
Directed by Francis Lawrence.
As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
The saga of The Hunger Games finally comes to a close with the second half of Mockingjay an enjoyable and decent finale for the series. The Young Adult fiction sensation about a dystopian future captured the imagination of a generation and saw each film break the box office.
The final instalment starts straight after the cliffhanger conclusion of Part 1 which saw Peta (Hutcherson) brainwashed into trying to kill Katniss (Lawrence) and the destruction of the fascist capitol Panem almost certain. »
- Helen Murdoch
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence revealed that she's already lined up her next project, and instead of acting in front of the camera, the Oscar winner will be calling the shots from behind the lens.
"I've signed on to direct something called 'Project Delirium' — it's based on this article about mental warfare in the '60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong," Lawrence told EW.
According to the magazine, the flick is based on a 2012 article from The New Yorker called "Operation Delirium," which "focused on military doctors running experiments on soldiers throughout the Cold War." There's no word yet on when Lawrence is set to get to work, but according to the actress, she's had the directing bug for her entire career.
- Katie Roberts
London — The live broadcast of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s stage production of “The Winter’s Tale” topped the U.K. cinema box office on Thursday.
William Shakespeare’s play, which was screened in 520 movie theaters across the U.K. in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, grossed £1.1 million ($1.66 million), beating “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” to claim the top spot.
“The Winter’s Tale,” which was broadcast live from London’s Garrick Theatre, was also aired in more than 100 movie theaters outside the U.K., including Portugal, Spain, Canada, Austria, Malta and Germany. It will also be screened in U.S. movie theaters on Nov. 30. Further broadcasts will be held across the U.K. throughout the Christmas period. Australia and Northern Europe will screen the production in January.
- Leo Barraclough
Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show features the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
On this week’s show we take a look at the nwe Steven Spielberg film Bridge Of Spies, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol, Pixar’s latest The Good Dinosaur, Johnny Depp’s powerful performance in Black Mass, and many more.
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- Paul Heath
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” opened in Germany last week with a boffo box office performance and what better way to celebrate than to blow up a 30-foot high relief of tyrannical President Coriolanus Snow (sporting the unmistakeable likeness of Donald Sutherland) chiseled into the face of a sandstone quarry in Bavaria?
The final instalment of the post-apocalyptic film series, which partially shot in Berlin, earned an impressive €13.96 million ($14.8 million) in its first four days at the German box office, delivering the biggest opening weekend ever for Studiocanal and pistol-whipping “Spectre” off of the top spot.
To commemorate the film’s stratospheric success, Studiocanal paid tribute to Snow by having a team of sculptors hew Sutherland’s features into rock as part of a promotional social media stunt. Unlike the faces of some bygone rulers whose faces still deface once sacred mountains, the carved visage of the ruthless president of Panem will not last. »
- Ed Meza
Ok so technically The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 didn’t make it past $300 million worldwide until two days ago, but that’s still week one so we’ll give it a pass and call it opening week. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opened to $144.5 million from 81 markets over the weekend, which was […]
Read International Box Office: Mockingjay Part 2 Opens North of $300 Million on Filmonic.
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- Garth Franklin
When it comes to book-to-movie franchises, nothing quite compares to The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Not only are they both filled with inspiring quotes and empowered characters, but their fanbases are super dedicated. For most Harry Potter and Hunger Games fans, the last film was not just the end of a series, but the end of an era. So, what better way to soak up that nostalgia than with this perfect crossover? Which Hogwarts house will Katniss Everdeen be sorted into? Keep scrolling to find out. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Three weeks prior to release, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” already ranks as the #1 film of 2015 based on social and digital engagement. The film has been engaged with 230 million times throughout the year to date, with the majority of activity across YouTube and Instagram.
With “Star Wars’” sights set on box office records, digital strength to date is an encouraging sign. “Star Wars” is the only film that tracks with a 2015 Dar-Film rating above 200 million. Even the top grossing films of the year — “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World” — track 20% below “Star Wars.”
For the seventh consecutive week, “Star Wars” also ranked on the Dar-Film leaderboard below. The combination of superiority against the top-grossing film of the year and continued weekly activity confirms “Star Wars’” likelihood of smashing box office records, despite recently tempered expectations.
Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film, a measurement »
- Jason Klein
It seemed quite appropriate that “The Hunger Games” was leading the box office on Thanksgiving morning as the aroma of turkey and the fixings began wafting from the nation’s kitchens. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” has nothing to do with pilgrims, of course. The final chapter in Lionsgate’s blockbuster young-adult sci-fi film franchise about Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) liberating her country Panem brought in roughly $13.7 million from 4,175 theaters on Wednesday. That put the reigning box-office champ on pace for more than $70 million over the five-day holiday weekend and gave it the inside track for the top spot ahead. »
- Todd Cunningham
Jose here. As a non-American, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite Us holiday because it's the time of the year when it's socially acceptable for people to put marshmallows and cranberries on everything. A practice which I refuse to stop during the other 364 days of the year, but which for 24 hours helps me bond with the people I love, as I argue about why movies with subtitles are as nourishing as turkey and gravy.
Other than complex carbs, I'm also thankful for
...J.Law away from Dior's gold and diamond shackles. She has rarely looked better than in the black Ralph Lauren she wore to one of the Mockingjay: Part 2 premieres.
...Charlotte Rampling's skinny jeans in 45 Years.
...3D movies that challenge everything I thought about the medium (thank you Gaspar Noe and Wim Wenders)
...for world cinema, and for the opportunity I've had to talk to so many international filmmakers this year. »
Elizabeth Banks is on a roll. She made her feature directing debut with "Pitch Perfect 2," the year's highest grossing film by a female director. She earned her third Emmy nomination, this time for her guest role on "Modern Family." And she concluded her role as Effie Trinket with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2." But it's her touching performance in "Love and Mercy" that could garner the attention of Oscar voters. -Break- Experts' Oscar predictions update: 'Spotlight' faces threat from fast-rising 'Revenant' In "Love and Mercy" she plays Melinda Ledbetter, the real-life car dealer who fell in love with musician Brian Wilson (played by John Cusack in his scenes with Banks and by Paul Dano in flashbacks) and helped him escape the manipulative control of his corrupt psychiatrist. It's a dramatic role for an actress better known for comedies, but the academy often awards funny stars »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been given a Us rating of PG-13, suggesting the film will be in line with mainstream blockbusters such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and The Hunger Games franchise.
The original Star Wars movies released between 1977 and 1983 were all rated PG for parental guidance in the Us, at a time when the PG-13 did not exist. Jj Abrams’s space opera was handed the certificate by ratings body the Motion Picture Association of America due to scenes of “sci-fi action violence”. It requires younger children to be accompanied by an adult and highlights that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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- Ben Child
Jennifer Lawrence has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she will make her directorial debut in the near future with a film called Project Delirium.
“I’ve signed on to direct something called Project Delirium — it’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong.”
“It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that,” Lawrence says. “If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.”
The article is actually up on the New Yorker, which you can read over here. Here’s a segment of it that sets the scene. »
- Paul Heath
Revenues from its chain of theaters helped Chinese film studio Bona Film Group weather a weak quarter for its distribution activities.
The Nasdaq-listed Bona reported a 21% drop in revenues in the July-September quarter to $79 million. Net income dropped from $5.9 million in the equivalent period last year to $0.8 million.
The company’s top films in the quarter were “Bride Wars,” which earned $27.2 million (RMB173 million) at the box office, and “The Dead End,” which took $48 million (RMB305 million). Over the first nine months of the year, Bona claimed healthier box office revenues of RMB2.86 billion, for an 8.5% share of nationwide grosses.
The theaters business enjoyed a 55% increase in revenues – slightly ahead of nationwide box office growth – reaching $33.8 million in the period. The company owns and operates 30 theaters with 250 screens. In a conference call with financial analysts, Bona chairman and CEO Yu Dong said that it aims to expand to 100 theaters with »
- Patrick Frater
At just 25 years of age, Jennifer Lawrence is easily one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, with two blockbuster franchises under her belt, The Hunger Games and the X-Men prequels. With the final Hunger Games movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, currently in theaters, and her X-Men trilogy coming to a close next year with X-Men: Apocalypse, many are wondering what's next for this talented actress. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Jennifer Lawrence, who revealed that she is planning on making her directorial debut soon, with a dark comedy entitled Project Delirium.
"I'd also like to direct a comedy. I have wanted to direct as long as I've wanted to act. I just don't talk about it because I'd rather just do it. I've signed on to direct something called Project Delirium - it's based on this article about mental warfare in the '60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong. »
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” will lead the U.S. box office with about $73 million for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday at 4,175 locations, early estimates showed Wednesday.
The opening of Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” appears to be roaring to $63 million for the long weekend and New Line-mgm’s “Creed” will come in above forecasts in the $40 million range at 3,350 sites. “Creed” scored an industry record for previews on a pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday night with $1.4 million, edging “The Good Dinosaur” at $1.3 million.
Fox’s “Victor Frankenstein,” which opened with a modest $175,000 at 2,100 locations at Tuesday previews, is showing only slight traction. The Daniel Radcliffe-James McAvoy starrer will wind up the weekend at about $7 million.
Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is en route to $13 million on Wednesday. The film debuted to a franchise-low $102.7 million last weekend for the fifth best opening of 2015. “Mockingjay — Part 1” launched last year »
- Dave McNary
What can't Jennifer Lawrence do? In under a year, the 25-year-old Oscar winner — bidding for another nomination for David O. Russell's as-yet-unseen "Joy" — has sailed global box office leviathan "The Hunger Games" to the finish line, decried sexism in Hollywood and now has her sights on directing. "I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it," she told Entertainment Weekly, which has the scoop on her planned directorial debut "Project Delirium." Based off a 2012 New Yorker piece by Raffi Khatchadorian, the film, she said, is "about mental warfare in the '60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong." The piece is focused on military doctors performing disturbing chemical experiments on soldiers during the Cold War. Lawrence is influential enough to make the shift to directing, especially in this particularly urgent moment of heightening awareness. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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