Katniss Everdeen, a lovable dinosaur and an aging Rocky Balboa made for an appetizing feast at the Thanksgiving box office, where revenue was up sharply from last year. As expected, holdover The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 dominated overall in its second outing, earning $75.8 million for the Wednesday-Sunday holiday stretch. The final installment in Lionsgate's Ya film franchise continues to pace behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which earned $82.7 million over Thanksgiving in 2014, but is still pulling in huge numbers. Mockingjay 2 also dominated overseas, grossing another $62 million for a
- Pamela McClintock
The success of The Hunger Games franchise brought new interest in stories set in dystopian future worlds where average Joes and Janes are forced by wicked authoritarian governments into deadly head-to-head combat. Some wags dubbed the adventures of Katniss and co “Battle Royale with cheese” – a reference to Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku’s conceptually similar 2001 cult classic about violent feuding teenagers, and the novel it was based on.
But director and Ozploitation maverick Brian Trenchard-Smith cracked open the genre many moons before the dour-faced Hunger Games heroine fired her first arrow or Fukasaku armed a class of ninth graders. Chaotic tournament of death extravaganza Turkey Shoot (first released in 1982) is a world-gone-wrong story of “social deviants” who fight to survive in a horrible game where they are hunted and killed for sport. »
- Luke Buckmaster
"...against 'President Snow' (Donald Sutherland) and the tyrannical 'Capitol'.
"Her choices will define 'Panem' forever, in the final, death defying '76th Hunger Games'..."
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- Michael Stevens
Apparently, Chris Hemsworth is a bit of a hero off-screen as well as on-screen. At least where his parents are concerned. In a recent interview with the Independent, “The Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth revealed that his “Thor” star sibling had paid off their parents’ debts. In the interview, Liam divulged that, one day, Chris called his father, instructing him to check his bank account balance. Also Read: Chris Hemsworth Shares Shocking Photo of Extreme Weight Loss for 'In The Heart of the Sea' “He called my brother Chris back and said, ‘I don’t know how to feel. »
- Tim Kenneally
The boxing drama “Creed” is coming through like a champ in its debut at the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend. However, it won’t catch “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” which will win the five-day weekend with around $75 million, or “The Good Dinosaur,” the Pixar Animation family film that will be the runner-up with around $55 million through Sunday for Disney. “Mockingjay,” the finale in Lionsgate’s young adult franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence, took in $21.5 million Friday, double its $10.4 million Thanksgiving Day haul. But the “Rocky” revival is going to punch out north of $40 million over the five days and. »
- Todd Cunningham
Liam Hemsworth has really perfected the art of the sexy smolder. The 25-year-old star, who was recently recognized as "The New A-Lister," has become one of Hollywood's hottest heartthrobs - which, based on his brother Chris Hemsworth's Sexiest Man Alive title last year, seems to run in the family. While Liam definitely brought some seriously sexy looks to the big screen with his role in The Hunger Games, he's also had plenty of swoon-worthy moments off screen, too, both on the red carpet and in magazines. Take a look at 25 knee-weakening pictures of Liam, then check out his adorable picture with his dog plus his cutest moments with his famous brothers. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Sometimes the internet conjures up something that immediately provokes you to rise to your feet and clap in appreciation. Most of the time it involves a cat being a dick. But on this rare occasion, one nifty YouTube video has decided to riff on the rather ridiculous name of Josh Hutchinson.s character in The Hunger Games franchise to depict Jennifer Lawrence.s Katniss Everdeen repeatedly, and loudly, declaring her love for pita, not Peeta. It.s stupid. It.s ridiculous. It.s also really, really funny. Well played, internet. Well played, indeed. For some inexplicable reason, especially since the video is basically just the same joke being told over and over and over again, the gag just gets funnier with each passing cut. Maybe it.s just because the world loves Jennifer Lawrence so damn much, and everything that.s even remotely connected to her instantly manages to go »
Jennifer Lawrence, out promoting the final installment of The Hunger Games, that disclosed she wants to make her directing debut on a picture called Project Delirium. What exactly is going on with this? It’s set up to be financed by 2929, with Lawrence and her partner Justine Ciarrocchi producing along with Todd Wagner and Ben Cosgrove. Lawrence doesn’t plan to act in it. Although the pickup the trades gave the story after Lawrence made comments in EW has her defining the… »
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
Black Friday was kind to the North American box office, where new Thanksgiving holiday offerings The Good Dinosaur and Creed continued to do good business after opening Wednesday. Holdover The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 continues to dominate overall, earning $21.3 million from 4,175 theaters Friday for a projected Wednesday-Sunday take of $75 million, pushing its domestic total to nearly $200 million through Sunday. Mockingjay 2 continues to pace behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 a year ago — but it is still doing big numbers. And thanks to the strength of Creed and Good
- Pamela McClintock
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
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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 carving of tyrannical President Coriolanus Snow (sporting the unmistakable likeness of Donald Sutherland) chiseled into the face of a sandstone quarry in Bavaria?
The final installment 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 did 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.
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
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