Lionsgate released their new action/drama film, "Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay Part 1," into theaters today, and all the reviews are in from the top, major movie critics. It turns out that the majority of them thought it was, at least, pretty good with an overall 63 score out of a possible 100 across 44 reviews over at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Jena Malone. We included blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a great 88 score, saying: " It's easily the most political of the three films. It also is the most absorbing and best in the series." Alonso Duraide over at TheWrap, gave it an 83 grade, saying: »
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part One,” Lionsgate
Moviepilot Prediction: $149 million
“Mockingjay” is undoubtedly the box office event of the year, with the behemoth franchise a lock to blow away all comers in 2014. Best so far this year was the fourth “Transformers” movie with a $100 million opening, a total which “Mockingjay” will obliterate on its way to $149 million this weekend.
While this total is obviously massive, “Mockingjay” will likely come in lower than the first two »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is off to a fairly strong, if a tad underwhelming, start at the box office. The film took in an estimated $17 million from Thursday night showings, which is actually short of its previous two entries. The first Hunger Games took in $19.7 million from midnight-only showings in 2012 and ended up with a $152.5 million opening weekend, while last year’s Catching Fire earned a whopping $25 million from Thursday night showings on the same weekend last year, going on to gross $158 million for the weekend. While experts have been predicting a massive opening weekend for the highly anticipated (and also well-crafted) Mockingjay - Part 1, these Thursday numbers have some wondering if it might miss the $150 million mark. More after the jump. It’s unclear why the Thursday night showings for Mockingjay – Part 1 underperformed, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate a weak showing for the weekend overall. »
- Adam Chitwood
Now playing in theaters is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol. Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand. It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed. Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland. Last weekend in New York City I landed an exclusive video interview with Mahershala Ali. During our »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In the wake of the resounding success of the first Hunger Games movie, Lionsgate raised some eyebrows by announcing Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy would be spun into four films. The third book Mockingjay would be split in two. This raised predictable outcry of a cash grab. But two years later, we're finally seeing where director Francis Lawrence has divided the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen. And frankly, it's perfection. Warning: The following will contain spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. There were some serious concerns when Lionsgate announced The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 & 2. Chief among these was how could such a short book support two movies. At 390 pages, there was in theory a lot less ground to cover than the 750-some pages of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows or Twilight: Breaking Dawn offer. But while The Hunger Games books were solely embedded with »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 finally arrived in theaters for early Thursday screenings last night, giving the sagging box office a much-needed boost, bringing in $17 million. While that is the highest tally for a Thursday night preview all year, breaking Guardians of the Galaxy's $11.2 million haul, it is still the lowest tally for The Hunger Games franchise to date.
The Hunger Games took in $19.7 million in early Thursday previews back in 2012, while The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned $25.2 million during Thursday screenings last year. However, it did break a social media record, with RelishMix revealing the sequel tallied 602 million clicks on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, outdoing both The Hunger Games (375 million clicks) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (500 million clicks).
Box office pundits estimate that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will bring in at least $140 million over the three-day opening weekend, which is more than enough to »
The stock closed down $1.76 to $33.25 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
After the market opened Friday, Lionsgate reported that “Mockingjay” grossed an estimated $17 million Thursday night as it began its roll out in North America.
That’s 33% behind last year’s massive $25.3 million Thursday night launch for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” but is also the top Thursday night number this year by far — 60% more than “Guardians of the Galaxy” at $11.2 million.
Lionsgate stock tumbled more than 10% on the Monday after last year’s opening of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — despite the film grossing $158 million in its first weekend in the U.S. and $146 million internationally as the numbers fell short of the most bullish projections.
Analysts forecast that “Mockingjay — Part 1” will take in between $925 million and $1 billion worldwide, »
- Dave McNary
With one of the worst summers on record in the books for 2014, the fall isn't showing much promise of reversing the trend. Whether everyone's saving their pennies for 2015's overstuffed line up, or if the options this year just haven't been that good, it's hard out there for a property to make a smash like they used to in the old days. Of course, with every trend there's an exception, and 2014 has two great big ones on its books as of today: Marvel movies and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the latter of which just grabbed an impressive $17 million in the wee small hours of its opening last night. Deadline broke the figures for last night's opening, as well as provided the last two opening night showings for the franchise's previous installments. For reference, last year's Catching Fire grabbed $25.2 million on its opening night, and The Hunger Games brought »
English actress Natalie Dormer is best known for playing beguiling femme fatales as astute as they are alluring—currently as Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, formerly as Irene Adler on Elementary and Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, as well as "The Blonde" who seduces Brad Pitt in The Counselor. “I love those women that I play that have sexual power," Dormer told The Daily Beast in an interview published today. "But I’m trying to step away from it for me, and for my artistic growth. It’s also more who I am. I’m not that woman." And »
- Carolyn Todd
When The Hunger Games movie came out in 2012, it ushered in the Era of Jennifer Lawrence and helped demonstrate how to turn a hugely popular, but often very dark, Ya series into a well-received box-office hit. It also gave Vulture the opportunity to put together a Hunger Games Name Generator, on account of the franchise's offbeat, distinctive characters names. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -Part I opens this weekend, which seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring back the name generator — with new and improved names. If you don't like the name you get on your first try, keep clicking; it'll be different every time. May the odds be ever in your favor! »
- Margaret Lyons
The Mockingjay lives! As of last night, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the resistance from the Districts is back on screen for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay . Part 1, the debut adaptation of Suzanne Collins. third novel (but not the complete conclusion to the series. not just yet). Eric Eisenberg wrote our Hunger Games: Mockingjay review, and praised the film.s character-driven approach and mature political themes. Now it.s your turn. We.re giving you an open forum to discuss Francis Lawrence.s latest Hunger Games sequel with the freedom of spoilers! If you haven.t seen The Hunger Games yet, run away! This page is Loaded With Spoilers. The rest of you can spend the rest of the week . as well as the weekend -- raving (or ranting) about our newest epic, Mockingjay. And participate in our poll below, telling us how you thought The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
Opening in the UK this weekend, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has the odds in its favour as it fired up chatter on social networks.
Nearly 27,400 comments were generated from Nov 13-19, with close to 27% expressing intent to view, according to Way To Blue.
Ahead of its release, family film Paddington managed a strong debut in the charts with more than 6,800 comments across the week.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Almost every critic who's seen the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 so far has bristled at the fact that the movie only tells half the story of the third and final book in Suzanne Collins's saga. The consensus has been that this installment also offers significantly less action than its predecessors. That said, many writers still found space to compliment the film's performances, especially the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's, which the New York Times called "loose, funny and stingingly real." Rolling Stone labeled him one of the pic's "unalloyed joys." Our own David Edelstein applauded the movie's meta elements, noting, "Much of Mockingjay centers on selling. In the film, the rebels sell a revolutionary icon, Katniss in her Mockingjay wings clutching a bow and arrow. But it's hard not to think ... of how Lionsgate is madly selling our nation's No. 1, nobody-doesn't-love-her female movie star." Here's what »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The Hunger Games trilogy continues this weekend when Mockingjay is released, but although this film is based on the third and final book in the series, this is only part one. Part two will be released next year, leaving us with a cliffhanger never intended by the author, Suzanne Collins. When we first heard the movie would be split up into two films - a practice followed by other book-turned-movie franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight - we wondered where, exactly, the split would be. Now that I have screened the movie, I have the answer - which also tells us what we can expect in Mockingjay - Part 2. Warning: Mockingjay spoilers follow. Where It Leaves Off The movie stretches out Katniss's time in District 13 and her struggle over whether she wants to be the face of the revolution against the Capitol. She's also adamant about rescuing Peeta from the Capitol, »
That’s 33% behind last year’s massive $25.3 million Thursday night launch for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” But it’s also the top Thursday night number this year by far — 60% ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy” at $11.2 million, followed by “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at $10.2 million and “Godzilla” at $9.3 million.
With Jennifer Lawrence returning as reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen, the third edition of “The Hunger Games” also came in 14% below the $19.7 million earned by the first “Hunger Games” on its first night of release in March, 2012.
Thursday night numbers may have been held down the freezing weather that’s hit the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest and East Coast.
Lionsgate also reported that “Mockingjay” is up 5% overall so far from “Catching Fire” in international markets. »
- Dave McNary
The Eastern seaboard’s deep freeze couldn’t keep away those Hunger Games fanatics determined to pay $17M in tribute to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which began its pummeling of the box office competition Thursday night — though with less severity than its predecessors.
Despite a start more sluggish out of the gate than earlier Hunger Games installments, the third rendition of Lionsgate’s Ya juggernaut remains a social media phenom. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring series measured RelishMix’s biggest Internet crater yet for a film: the adaptation collected more than 602 million clicks on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, the largest tally on record for a movie. By comparison, the original Hunger Games collected nearly 375 million clicks across the social-media universe, while Catching Fire did almost 500 million.
The franchise, which has grossed $1.5B worldwide over two pics, has always been a late-night wonder, though this iteration was slightly chilled: Catching Fire »
- Scott Bowles
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is still likely to have the highest opening for any movie this year, but after bringing in $17 million from early, Thursday night screenings it is already 33% behind the $25.3 million The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brought in last year and even 14% below the $19.7 million earned by The Hunger Games back in 2012. So what givesc Well, the East Coast is snowed in and this one doesn't have the IMAX bump Catching Fire enjoyed. Nevertheless, it's still lower than most probably expected and I think that's going to continue over throughout the weekend and for its overall box office run. I don't expect Mockingjay to top the $864+ million Catching Fire earned worldwide, though it should manage to best the $691.2 million the first Hunger Games managed, if only by about $60 million or so. The biggest problem it faces is it doesn't have that "rewatchable" factor. Unless you're a die hard fan, »
- Brad Brevet
There’s no denying that President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is a force to be reckoned with, striking fear into the hearts of the outer Districts of Panem in The Hunger Games series. One of his formerly-loyal subjects, the fashionable Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) ditches her designer duds for a drab uniform in Mockingjay- Part 1as we pick up where the last film left off.
It’s a post-games world where the rebels are rising up. Having shot her arrow into the eye of the Hunger Games dome setting off a cascade of events, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself and unwitting symbol of the rebellion, separated from Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who is held captive in the Capitol. We meet a bevy of new characters including District 13 President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Cressida (Natalie Dormer).
- Rachel West
Jeffrey Wright may not be the lead of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, but as with so many of his other projects, that doesn’t stop him from making a huge impression. His Beetee brings a thoughtful, mature vibe to the series that helps balance out the more volatile energy of his younger co-stars. […]
- Angie Han
This week, the third film in the Hunger Games franchise is released in cinemas, subtitled Mockingjay Part 1. Pierce has seen it and had some issues with it, as shared in his review (link). Good or bad, The Hunger Games series will be the last time we see a new performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. The late and lamented actor had a couple of scenes still to shoot - one from Part 1 and another from Part 2 - at the time of his untimely passing, which were subsequently rewritten. The fact that the films were being shot back-to-back means that Hoffman will still make an appearance in Mockingjay Part 2 when it hits screens this time next year, but right now it's unclear exactly...
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