Hunger Games

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Hunger Games Eats Its Rivals a 3rd Week

'Mockingjay' beats back 'Krampus' to stay on top

(Newser) - The Hunger Games finale spoiled an early Christmas for the holiday horror comedy Krampus to maintain its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running. The Jennifer Lawrence-led film took in an estimated $18.6 million in the US and Canada, according to Rentrak estimates... More »

Hunger Games Still Ravenous

'Mockingjay' again wins box office as disaster befalls 'Victor Frankenstein'

(Newser) - Apparently The Hunger Games sounded pretty appetizing to Thanksgiving moviegoers, as the final installment of the franchise landed again atop the holiday weekend's box office with a tidy $75.8 million, reports USA Today . Mockingjay—Part 2 has now collected $440.7 million in two weeks of release, and... More »

Hunger Games Scores $101M— Still Falls Short

Its final opening is weakest yet for the franchise

(Newser) - Sometimes even when you're winning, you're losing. Such is the case of the final installment of the Hunger Games , which kicked aside James Bond and handily won this weekend's box office in its hefty $101 million debut—yet, as USA Today notes, Mockingjay—Part 2 managed to... More »

Mockingjay 2 Both Fiery and 'Lukewarm'

JLaw 'has been the best possible Katniss,' says one critic

(Newser) - Katniss navigates a booby-trapped Capitol in the hope of assassinating evil President Snow in Mockingjay Part 2 , the final installment of the Hunger Games series, based on Suzanne Collins' novels. Is it a fitting farewell? Here's what critics are saying:
  • "The film is not just a good, exciting,
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Coming to Atlanta: Hunger Games Theme Park

China is also getting a new 'Hunger Games' attraction

(Newser) - Hunger Games fans in the US and China may get to find out for themselves if the odds are forever in their favor. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. confirmed Monday that the blockbuster movie franchise has been licensed for development in a theme park in Atlanta and an indoor entertainment center... More »

Mockingjay Wins a 3rd Weekend

Closes in on $260M in sleepy weekend at the box office

(Newser) - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 claimed the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically. Mockingjay—Part 1 is still about $78 million... More »

Jennifer Lawrence Is Now a Music Star, Too

Her song in 'Mockingjay' is climbing the charts

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence may have an Oscar to her name, but she's also winning praise for her singing chops. In the latest Hunger Games movie , Lawrence sings a song called the Hanging Tree that is now No. 2 on the US iTunes chart and threatening to crack the top 40... More »

Mockingjay Soars to $123M Debut*

*It's the biggest opening of 2014, worst for the franchise

(Newser) - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay —Part 1 sent Transformers: The Age of Extinction's $100 million debut the way of the dodo, pulling down $123 million and the year's biggest opening, but utterly falling short of the franchise's two previous movies and the $145 million to $150 million... More »

You'll Leave Mockingjay 'Still Waiting'

It sets up the finale, but that's largely all: critics

(Newser) - Katniss Everdeen is back and ready to wage war in the first part of what is touted to be an epic Hunger Games finale. But does this flick, with a star-studded cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, stand above the rest? Here'... More »

Firm Hosts 'Hunger Games' to Choose Interns

They battle each other for work at digital company

(Newser) - In today's world, if you want to work for free, you'd better be ready to do a lot of free work—even before you're hired. Especially if you're looking to intern at Emmis Digital in Chicago, DNAinfo reports. The media company narrowed down its pool of... More »

California Shooter Is Son of Hollywood Director

Peter Rodger's son killed 6, wounded 7 in rampage

(Newser) - Looks like the 22-year-old who went on a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, Calif., last night was the son of an assistant director on Hunger Games, says the Hollywood Reporter . The lawyer for Peter Rodger, second unit director on the film, told the AP that the family called police a... More »

Hoffman May Be Digitally Recreated in Hunger Games

He had one pivotal scene left to film

(Newser) - Philip Seymour Hoffman hadn't quite finished his work on the final installment of the Hunger Games movies, but modern technology will save the day. Hoffman plays a key character, head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. He still had one crucial scene left, and Page Six of New York Post reports that... More »

Forbes Writer to Daily Show: 'Food Stamps Are Cruel'

John Tamny: People don't like being 'reliant' on others

(Newser) - On last night's Daily Show , correspondent Jessica Williams looked into food stamps' rapidly shrinking funding. The program is dwindling exactly as it should be, according to Forbes columnist John Tamny , though maybe not for the reasons you'd think. Tamny told Williams that he thinks "food stamps are... More »

Hobbit Crushes All Other Movies

'Frozen' falls to second, Tyler Perry film takes third

(Newser) - A wee hobbit ousted an animated princess at the weekend box office, says the Hollywood Reporter . Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($73.7 million) not only iced out Disney's Frozen ($22.2 million) domestically, it ranked No. 1 worldwide, banking a robust $131.2 million in 49 territories. Tyler ... More »

Frozen Ices Top Spot, Furnace Opens Cold

Disney animated feature wins weekend box office

(Newser) - The 3-D film Frozen has, well, frozen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in its tracks. The Disney animated feature gained momentum in its second week, banking $31.6 million to surpass the young adult mega-hit's $27 million at the weekend box office, the LA Times reports. To be fair,... More »

Hunger Games, Frozen Shatter Thanksgiving Record

Catching Fire pulls in $110.2M over 5 days

(Newser) - Sorry, Harry: Katniss Everdeen has broken your $82.4 million Thanksgiving record. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gobbled up $110.2 million over the five-day weekend, Wednesday to Sunday, breaking the spell cast by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Catching Fire also had the fourth-biggest second weekend in... More »

Hunger Games Makeup Tie-In Is Seriously Messed Up

Cover Girl's 'Capitol Collection' campaign glorifies the bad guys

(Newser) - CoverGirl's new Hunger Games tie-in marketing campaign is one of the more creative and well-executed you'll ever see. "It is also one of the most disturbing," writes Andrew Slack in the LA Times . The line is called the "Capitol Collection," a reference to the... More »

Hunger Games Clobbers Thor in Epic Bow

Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi sequel beats expectations by $20M

(Newser) - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is no everyday sequel. The Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi pic defied expectations with a massive $161.1 million opening, thumping Thor: The Dark World ($14.1 million) and earning the best November debut ever, Variety reports. Meanwhile, The Best Man Holiday ($12.5 million) fell on... More »

Catching Fire Better Than First Hunger Games

Critics give it a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

(Newser) - Armed with new director Francis Lawrence—no relation to star Jennifer Lawrence—The Hunger Games is back for a second installment. While critics probably couldn't keep fans away from Catching Fire if they tried ... they aren't trying. Both Lawrences shine in this sequel, which critics say is better... More »

Teens Make Hit Hunger Games Film on $30 Budget

They've made 9 more since, racked up 4.5M views on YouTube

(Newser) - She gets stopped on the street sometimes, recognized for her portrayal of Katniss in a series of Hunger Games videos. No, she's not Jennifer Lawrence; her name is Maddie Moore and she's one of a group of teens in Charlotte, NC, that has been making videos based on... More »

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