‘The Avengers’ Crosses One Billion Mark!

Hollywood has hit the purple patch with ‘The Avengers’ smashing all records. The superhero movie made a killing at the box office by piling up $ 1 billion in just 19 days. Last week the move raked in 103.2 million to lead for a second-straight weekend and increased its US collections to $373.2 million.

With $95.4 million more overseas, “The Avengers” recorded its international collections at $628.9 million and a worldwide haul of just over $1 billion. If  ‘The Avengers’ successfully maintains its winning streak at the box office  it will easily surpass ‘The Hunger Games’ which minted $ 386.9 million at the box office in the US this year.

‘The Avengers’ had an unhindered run at the box office as Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s vampire saga “Dark Shadows,” remained at the distant second spot with $ 28.2 million as total receipt in its debut weekend.

Other three top earning films in the US were “Think Like a Man,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Lucky One’ which collected $ 6.3 million, $ 4.4 million and $ 4.1 million respectively at the box office.

‘Think Like A Man’ Topples ‘The Hunger Games’ From Number One Spot!

Hollywood’s last Friday release “Think like a Man” has surprised many with its impressive performance at the Box Office. The movie has also displaced ‘The Hunger Games’ from the number one spot. ‘Think like a Man’ has earned its almost double pre-release projections with $33 million.

‘Think like a Man’ has ended the 31 day rule of ‘The Hunger Games’ at the number one slot in North America. Last week’s  Top Five Movies at the Box Office in the USA are :

1. “Think Like a Man” — $33.0 mil

2. “The Lucky One” — $22.8 mil

3. “The Hunger Games” — $14.5 mil

4. “Chimpanzee” — $10.2 mil

5. “The Three Stooges” — $9.2 mil

Kids In UK Traumatized Watching ‘Hunger Games’

 Young kids in Britain are having not so good times watching ‘The Hunger Games’. They are reportedly fleeing the movie theaters  mid way as they find certain scenes in the movie too hot to handle. Parents of these traumatized kids claim that their children have been seriously affected by the violence and  gory killings depicted in this super hit sci-fi movie. They demand renewal of its movie  movie rating from present 12A to 15 as the movie features knife attacks, throat-slashing and broken necks.

“My 12-year-old was so distressed at one particular part that we had to leave,” British newspaper the Daily Star quoted one concerned mother as saying on the Mumsnet website. “The fact that you actually see kids killing other kids is something I would not want a 12-year-old to watch,” another woman said.

Psychologists in certain countries have started studying the impact of ‘The Hunger Games’ on young minds. Some of them seriously believe that violence in ‘The Hunger Games’ is disturbing and it can be a source of great trauma and agony for kids specially under 13-14 years of age.

 

Jennifer Lawrence: Hollywood’s New Darling

 

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Jennifer Lawrence is now the hottest commodity in Hollywood. Her name is selling like a hot cake and within three days since ‘The Hunger Games’ released globally she has become the darling of the mainstream media. ‘The Hunger Games’ smashing success has put her well above Kirsten Stewart who has been extremely popular among cine goers ever since ‘Twilight’s success stormed the world.

Lawrence was a not stranger in Hollywood before ‘The Hunger Games’.  She came in the spotlight with her memorable performance in ‘ A Winter’s Bone’ which received rave reviews and went to the Oscars.

Hollywood runs on big numbers which ‘ A Winter’s Bone’ could not deliver. She remained a star with immense potential till ‘The Hunger Games’ happened. No wonder the success of this 2012 blockbuster has changed her life forever.

“I’m now a role model for young girls, so my language has to change a lot,” Lawrence had said in an interview recently.  “I know that would change a lot of decisions work-wise personally … as far as my next roles, because there would be young girls watching what I’m doing and emulating,” she added.

Yesterday she was seen at Madrid Premiere in Spain where she walked the red carpet event for ‘The Hunger Games’. While interacting with the media Jennifer revealed her future plans and the kind of roles she is interested to do.

‘I want to be Bridget Jones,’ she said. Sporting a Victoria Beckham number she smiled and reached out to her fans who gathered there in large number. British tabloid ‘Daily Mail’ reported from Madrid, “She loyally went up and down the red carpet, signing as many autographs as possible.”

“Jennifer also says that while she is a famous face across the globe now, she is yet to reap the rewards of stardom. But she does have a plan in place for when she sees some money. ‘When I get my first real cheque, I want to bathe in a pool full of pasta..’ she revealed.

 

 

‘The Hunger Games’ Takes In 68.25 Million On Opening Day

This week’s Hollywood offering “The Hunger Games” has collected $68.25 million in the US on  its opening day, a record for a non-sequel. With these figures “The Hunger Games” became the fifth-best performing movie on its opening day and puts the movie on track for the best debut weekend ever in March. That record is held by “Alice in Wonderland” with $116.1 million.

First-day revenues for “The Hunger Games” were well behind the record $91.1 million for last summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” But “The Hunger Games” came within a few million dollars of each of the last three “Twilight” movies, whose opening days ranged from $68.5 million to $72.7 million.

“The Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to compete in a televised death match.

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games’

The Big Bang!

Hollywood’s most eagerly awaited film this year “The Hunger Games” opened today in more than 10000 screens.  With these mind boggling numbers and the hype surrounding the movie the audience first and foremost concern is whether the movie is going to live up to expectations or not.

Gary Ross, the director comes out in flying colours and delivers a movie which is an all out entertainer.  The Hunger Games is no ‘Twilight’ but it has a love triangle. The dystopian movie begins with an America which has disintegrated into Panem, a loose collection of “districts” under the influence of the most powerful district.  The plot unfolds a saga of love and war where reality is stranger than fiction and all 12 districts fight for survival. They do like reality shows, live on television.

It transports you in ’70s sci-fi era and Director Ross and his designers give the District 12 scenes a gloomy look. All actors have done justice to their roles and they are presented before the audience in a fascinating manner. Make up and styling team has done wonders by giving a distinct look to each and every character portrayed in the movie.

“Hunger Games” has opened with a bang and if the movie pundits are to be believed this movie could be the biggest money spinner for the ‘Lionsgate’. Surely the Disney Corp need to learn a lesson or two from the ‘Success of Hunger Games’ as they are reeling under pressure after colossal failure of ‘John Carter’.

On the one hand you have ‘The Hunger Games’ which tells cine goers about a successful sci-fi movie and on the other hand ‘John Carter’ gives you an idea what makes a bad sci-fi film.

‘Hunger Games’ Gears Up For Big Bang Opening

 London: (Reuters) Seek shelter Hollywood vampires and wizards, there’s a new movie in town looking to raise the stakes on what it means to be a film franchise in an era when “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and superhero films dominate box offices.

“The Hunger Games,” based on the first novel in a best-selling trilogy by author Suzanne Collins, sees 24 children known as ‘tributes’ fight to the death in an annual televised event across the nation of Panem, built on the ruins of America.

The novels follow the story of one tribute, Katniss Everdeen, portrayed in the film that opens on Friday by Jennifer Lawrence, who becomes a beacon of hope for freedom against Panem’s totalitarian government.

“She is a warrior for her people, a Joan of Arc, she’s a fighter,” Lawrence told Reuters about her character. “I wanted to bring out more of her vulnerability when she was in the Games. I didn’t want anybody to forget that she could die at any minute. I never wanted that to slip from the movie.”

“The Hunger Games” trilogy is the latest series of novels to become a Hollywood movie franchise, following on the heels of the USD 2.8 billion box office success of the four “Twilight” films, based on Stephanie Meyer’s vampire romance novels. The final film, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” is due in theaters later this year.

Warner Bros. Studios’ big screen adaptations of JK Rowling’s juggernaut collection of “Harry Potter” novels took in an estimated USD 7.7 billion with eight films across the worldwide box office, the largest-grossing franchise in history. The film series ended last year.

“The Hunger Games” has already built a fan base among a wide group of readers, although young women make up the core fans. The books boast more than 2 million friends on Facebook and almost 300,000 followers on Twitter, all discussing the film ahead of its release.

And all eyes in Hollywood are on Lionsgate, the studio distributing the films, to see if it can turn in the next big franchise on the order of the “Potter” and “Twilight movies.”

STAYING TRUE TO “GAMES”

Lawrence is joined in the film by a veteran cast including Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks. Rocker Lenny Kravitz has taken a rare movie role, and rising stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth also are on board.

All those involved said they felt a deep responsibility to “Hunger Games” fans in bringing their beloved characters to the big screen, but they also admitted to struggling with real-life issues that the books present.

“There’s a bit of pressure, but at the same time, I think it fueled me to do better,” said Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark, Katniss’ fellow tribute from her hometown, District 12.

Dealing with the TV battles and deaths of children was a delicate issue for director Gary Ross, known for films such as “Big” and “Seabiscuit.” His biggest challenge, he said, was the death of young tribute Rue, played by 13-year-old Amandla Stenberg, which is a key event in the story of Katniss’ journey.

“I felt that stuff was, ‘I better get this right,'” Ross said. “Getting out of the car that morning (of the scene’s shoot) was a different experience. You know there’s a lot on your shoulders.”

The books and movie also send a strong message that the impact of reality TV contests is bad for society when taken to the extreme, as it is in “Hunger Games” where the people of Panem are forced to watch and celebrate the tributes killing each other.

“This is a huge message against reality television,” said Lawrence, who admitted she was part of “that generation that’s obsessed with reality TV.”

Veteran actor Sutherland, who plays the controlling, manipulative Panem leader, President Snow, said the “Hunger Games” story had the potential to “motivate a generation of young people who have, by and large, been dormant.”

“They could … see the genius of Katniss Everdeen and the possibility that within themselves, they could find such a leader and provoke change … something that would make the government do what the government is supposed to do, and not profit from it,” said Sutherland.

Whether “Hunger Games” rises to those lofty heights of a film that causes cultural change, or if it even becomes a fan-pleasing blockbuster on the order of “Potter,” “Twilight,” “X-Men” or “Spider-Man” movies, awaits Friday’s premiere and the months and weeks that follow.

But ahead of the debut, Ross and the cast can breathe a little easier knowing critics like it. As of Monday, the film had earned a 100 percent positive rating based on 16 critics at RottenTomatoes.com, which rates movies based on reviews.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy called the film “an amply faithful adaptation” of Collins’ novel and praised Lawrence’s “impressive gravity and presence.”

Justin Chang at Variety said it was “relentlessly paced, unflagging in its sense of peril and blessed with a spunky protagonist,” and he praised the younger echelon of actors starring opposite Lawrence in the Games.

Olly Richards at Empire Magazine called the film “thrilled and smart as it is terrifying,” while Xan Brooks at The Guardian wrote it is the “rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty.”

Fans Enjoy ‘The Hunger Games’ World Premiere

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to predicting the big-screen success of “The Hunger Games,” the fans have spoken. Actually, make that cheered.

Hundreds of fans who won tickets to Monday’s world premiere cheered for hours before any stars arrived, screamed when they did and kept the applause going right through the film.

“I thought it was amazing,” said Ruzena Zatko, 28, a fan of “The Hunger Games” books who drove from Las Vegas and spent two nights’ camped out in front of the Nokia Theatre to win passes to the premiere. “He stayed true to the book.”

Based on the best-seller by Suzanne Collins, “The Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as teens fighting for survival in a government-controlled world that hosts annual televised games in which young participants are forced to kill their opponents. It opens in theaters March 23.

Fans Ariel Pemberton and Amanda Shultz loved the book so much they doubted the film could match it, but they came away impressed with its look and feel.

Pemberton said it was “way more emotional” than the book, while Shultz enjoyed seeing Collins’ post-apocalyptic world come to life: “We all had different ideas what it looked like, so to see it was so cool.”

Box-office prognosticators say anticipation for “The Hunger Games” matches and may even surpass that for the “Twilight” movies. (The last “Twilight” film is due in the fall.) They predict “The Hunger Games” could bring in more than $100 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend.

Some have compared the two series. Each is aimed at young adults and features a female heroine with two potential suitors. But fans say the similarities end there.

“This doesn’t focus on the love triangle,” said 22-year-old Stephanie Zatko, a “Twilight” fan whose sister-in-law convinced her to check out “The Hunger Games.” ”She’s actually doing something. Bella just sits there.”

“Katniss is a stronger female,” said Alyssa Walker, 20, who read all three books in the series. “The guys are a thing, too, but she does her own thing.”

Still, some in the crowd held homemade posters declaring themselves members of Team Peeta or Team Gale — Katniss’ two prospects.

“Hottest thing since sliced bread: Peeta,” read one sign. “Gale ensnared my heart,” read another.

About 400 fans lined the black carpet where the film’s stars arrived and sat alongside them at the premiere. Hundreds more lined up behind barricades across the street, toting cameras and signs.

“The passion of these fans is unlike anything I have ever been involved with,” said Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket in the film. “For me the biggest star here is Suzanne Collins, who wrote the books and is the creator of this entire universe, all this pandemonium.”

Director Gary Ross thanked the author from the stage before introducing the film’s stars, saying, “None of us would be here without the wonderful, brilliant mind and imagination of Suzanne Collins.”

Meanwhile, as the premiere wrapped, Zatko prepared for the long drive back to Las Vegas.

“We’re totally sleep deprived,” she said. “But it was all worth it.”

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