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Old 03-26-2012, 09:34 AM   #31
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I have to say "The Hunger Games" was really well done. Lionsgate must be partying like it is 1999

I also read they are not splitting the third and final book into two movies, so there will be four movies released for this franchise.
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Is hunger games a 3d flick? I wasn't planning on seeing it but may change my mind.
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Is hunger games a 3d flick? I wasn't planning on seeing it but may change my mind.
No. But it is playing in Imax.
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Wow that's pretty amazing that a non 3d movie is raking in a lot of cash like that.
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Wow that's pretty amazing that a non 3d movie is raking in a lot of cash like that.
It appeals to a wide audience and was a top selling book series. Lionsgate should be commended that they did an excellent job casting, directing, and marketing the movie. It is really well done.

It is a very gritty movie, I don't know if 3D would have been a good choice.
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It appeals to a wide audience and was a top selling book series. Lionsgate should be commended that they did an excellent job casting, directing, and marketing the movie. It is really well done.

It is a very gritty movie, I don't know if 3D would have been a good choice.
Despite what many think, 3D is not a genre specific technique. It can be applied to any genre successfully. Just like 2.40 widescreen.
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Despite what many think, 3D is not a genre specific technique. It can be applied to any genre successfully. Just like 2.40 widescreen.
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Now of course the question that's certainly on many people's minds: Will any of the Hunger Games movies be in 3D? Director Gary Ross says no, although it's actually not a bad idea (Interestingly enough, Gary's father, Arthur Ross, was one of the writers on Creature From the Black Lagoon, one of the best 3D movies in the history of the medium).

Ross told MTV he won't do 3D for the next movie, Catching Fire, "I don't think it's appropriate for this film. I think that if we shoot this movie in 3D, we become the Capitol; we start making spectacle out of something that I don't think is really appropriate here. I mean, I love 3D, I really do and I think it's a wonderful tool, I just don't think it's the right tool for this." 


I don't think we will see it for the first two movies. Possibly for the third and fourth.
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Wow that's pretty amazing that a non 3d movie is raking in a lot of cash like that.
Yeah those revenues are all butts in seats and there is no 3D premium inflating the box office revenue results.

I have not seen it yet, but I will see the theatrical release. I have already talked to people that have seen it and most say they want to see it again so its going to probably have a lot of fan repeat viewing as well. That's what really makes blockbusters like Titanic and Avatar and the Twilight Saga stories.
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I have to say "The Hunger Games" was really well done. Lionsgate must be partying like it is 1999

I also read they are not splitting the third and final book into two movies, so there will be four movies released for this franchise.
The Hunger Games then Catching Fire then Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.

Just like they split the last Twilight Saga book into two movies.
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It appeals to a wide audience and was a top selling book series. Lionsgate should be commended that they did an excellent job casting, directing, and marketing the movie. It is really well done.

It is a very gritty movie, I don't know if 3D would have been a good choice.

It adds males and more adults into the Twilight Saga fan group.

By adding a SF element to a teen angst story it broadens the reach.
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“The Hunger Games” received strong critical reaction, and audiences in exit polls gave it an A score, which means the movie will probably play well in the weekends ahead. Lionsgate said the audience was 39 percent male, which is another sign of a cultural juggernaut. In comparison, the “Twilight” movies have been mostly a female phenomenon; the audience for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I” was only 20 percent male, for instance.
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Despite experiencing one of the biggest flops in memory, “John Carter,” which forced Disney to take a $200 million write down, Hollywood has sharply improved its performance over last year. Even before “The Hunger Games” arrived, attendance for the year was 18 percent higher than the same period in 2011, fueled by hits like “The Lorax” and “The Vow.” Now attendance is now up 22 percent.
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Why 'Hunger' soared; 'Carter' bombed

By Gene Seymour, Special to CNN
updated 7:56 AM EDT, Tue March 27, 2012

Moviegoers wait in line for the opening of "The Hunger Games," March 22 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.


Gene Seymour: "Hunger Games," "John Carter" exist to make money, appeal to masses

But "Hunger's" returns went through the roof, he writes, "Carter's" fell through the floor
Wildly expensive "Carter" seems old, he says, while "Hunger Games" is of the moment
Seymour hopes young audiences are aware of Hollywood's hype manipulation


(CNN) -- Pure products of Hollywood, "The Hunger Games" and "John Carter" were conceived, designed, stretched and pre-tested with one purpose: to lighten billfolds while satisfying mass appetites.
These two movies seemed especially intent on seizing the wavering attention spans of young people with premises deeply rooted in science-fiction -- or, as some genre lovers might prefer to call it, speculative phantasmagoria.

Same goals, different results. Drastically. Different. Results.
Hunger Games, in case you hadn't heard by now, has exceeded advance expectations by reaping $155 million in its first three days of nationwide release. That's the third-highest opening tally in box-office history, just beneath the $158.4 million drawn from 2008's Batman sequel, "The Dark Knight," and not too far removed from the $169.2 million made last summer by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II."

Those latter two features were sequels, while "Hunger Games" is just the first installment of what will almost certainly be a trilogy of films made from Suzanne Collins' phenomenally popular trilogy of books. The stories are set in a dystopian future in which a totalitarian society forces teenagers to engage in globally televised ritual murder. This means that "Hunger Games" made the biggest, fattest opening-weekend nut of any movie that wasn't a sequel or spin-off.

Meanwhile, after two weeks in the Great American Multiplex, "John Carter" continues to tumble in what many believe is a downward spiral of similarly unprecedented dimension.


Disney's lavish, $250 million adaptation of the swords-on-Mars fantasy novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs brought in $5 million, increasing its overall box office to $62.3 million -- roughly half of which was made in its own opening weekend. Those using the word "epic" to classify "John Carter" now use it to describe its estimated $200 million shortfall.

"John Carter," for whatever it's worth, isn't quite as dismal a movie as it is a moneymaker. Thirty, even 20 years ago, it might have been exotic enough to be taken for pop-cultural innovation. Now it comes across as a lumbering, good-natured oaf who happened to stumble into the marketplace at the wrong time. On the other hand, "The Hunger Games," with its reality-TV-on-toxic-drugs premise, is so very much "of its time" that it's tempting to think much of its imagined future has already arrived. (Do you feel a draft? I do.)

Meanwhile, those who approach "John Carter" with foreknowledge of its box-office crash-and-burn might be surprised to see how charming it can be at times, especially when its eponymous Civil War veteran-turned-rhino-riding superhero (Taylor Kitsch) is adjusting his previously Earth-bound muscles to Martian gravity. In its heedlessly bombastic manner, the movie is faithful to its origins as a rip-snorting romantic fantasy much like Burroughs' far more famous stories featuring Tarzan. If the producers were more willing to let Andrew Stanton direct the movie as the garish, live-action comic strip it was meant to be, it might have connected, though not necessarily for a home run.

But even the decision to call the movie "John Carter," instead of "John Carter of Mars" or even "A Princess of Mars," the actual title of Burroughs' first installment of the Carter opus, is emblematic of an over-cautiousness that dampens every sequence and set-piece. The whole movie feels worked-over, second-guessed, whipped to a thickness that hobbles the movie's momentum. It's as if "John Carter" wants you to see every single one of those aforementioned millions of dollars up on the screen. And who besides an accountant would care?

The budget of "Hunger Games" is an estimated -- and, as with the movie itself, relatively modest -- $100 million. There are flashy things to see in Gary Ross' movie, from the chompers on Stanley Tucci's unctuous host to the pyrotechnic dress worn by the story's otherwise ice-cool heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). But the movie's adapters, including Suzanne Collins herself, know that the basic story elements have already worked their mojo on their target audience; even those who haven't read the books likely were drawn by curiosity. Whatever special effects were marshaled on the movie's behalf didn't seem as important as how Kat would wriggle or shoot her way out of trouble.

Those wishing "Hunger Games" had more tragic dimension or made its audience more explicitly feel the sting of its carnage have a point. But the movie wasn't made for them. It was made for the millions of young readers who, for whatever reason, share Kat's smoldering resentment of the status quo.

I'd like to think that as these young adults of all ages buy their tickets to this speculative phantasmagoria, they retain some suspicion, however vague, that the hype masters who made them flock to the multiplexes on cue over the weekend exert a not-altogether-benign influence over their lives.

If that's so, and I'm not really all that hopeful, it may become harder over time to hurl big, bloated carnivals at them to lighten their wallets. Even if they're good-natured, slovenly lugs like "John Carter."

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Box Office Report: 'Hunger Games' Hits $251 Mil; 'Wrath,' 'Mirror' Underwhelm

8:51 AM PDT 4/1/2012 by Pamela McClintock

"Wrath of the Titans" earns $34.2 million, compared to $61.2 million for "Clash of the Titans" in 2010; Julia Roberts' Snow White pic 'Mirror Mirror' tops out at $19 million; The Weinstein Co.'s documentary "Bully" off to good start.



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Hunger Games towered over new entries Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror in its second weekend, grossing $61.1 million and pushing its domestic cume to $251 million. The Lionsgate pic crossed $250 million in only 10 days -- the fastest ever for a nonsequel.


From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, 3D action pic Wrath of the Titans grossed $34.2 million, compared to the $61.2 opening of Clash of the Titans two years ago. Warners knew the sequel wouldn't match that number, since Clash of the Titans opened on Good Friday, a holiday. However, tracking had suggested Wrath would open in the $35 million to $40 million.

"We made the decision to open even with Hunger Games and the NCAA Final Four baskeball games so that we could play through the heart of the holidays," Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said. "We knew this would be a preview."

Fellman pointed out that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows also opened to substantially less than the first Sherlock Holmes, or $39.6 million versus $62.3 million, but that the sequel eventually caught up and has now surpassed the first film. The first Sherlock Holmes opened on Dec. 25 in 2009 (a Friday), while Game of Shadows opened on Dec. 16, 2011.

Wrath of the Titans did far better overseas over the weekend, opening to $78 million and beating Hunger Games, which has been a softer play internationlly outside of English-speaking territories. Wrath's global opening is $112.2 million.

Hunger Games grossed $34.8 million in its second weekend of play at the foreign box office, putting its cume at $113.9 million and global total at $364.9 million.

By opening Wrath of the Titans before Easter, Warners says it can take advantage of spring break, which is staggered over the next two weeks in the U.S. Overseas, the Easter holiday also can be lucrative at the box office.

Wrath of the Titans, playing in a total of 4,127 locations, drew 65 percent of its revenues from 3D runs. That included including more than 290 IMAX theaters, which generated $4.7 million in ticket sales, or 14 percent of the total gross.
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Box Office Monster 'Hunger Games' Likely Headed for $350 Mil Domestic Run

12:59 PM PDT 3/25/2012 by Pamela McClintock



Some box office observers believe the Lionsgate movie could even approach $400 million; the film's foreign prospects aren't as bright.

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games successfully scored one of the best openings of all time at the North American box office, but the hunt is far from over--now comes the question of the film's playability.

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Fan-driven movies, including Harry Potter and Twilight, usually have huge opening weekends and then fall off more quickly than other tentpoles. Only one Twilight film has ever crossed $300 million domestically, while only two Potter pics have. The final Potter film grossed just north of $381 million, while Sorcerer's Stone cumed $317 million. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse grossed $300.5 million.

Yet bullish box office observers believe that Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling dystopian young adult novel, could gross between $350 million and $400 million domestically based on its strength across all demos, including families, and particularly among tweens and teens, who are huge repeat moviegoers. (Also, director Gary Ross' films, from Seabiscuit to Pleasantville, have always enjoyed a generous multiple.)

Hunger Games opened to a record-shattering $155 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, the third best debut of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--Part 2 and The Dark Knight, which cumed $533.3 million domestically.


At the very least, they project that Hunger Games will cross $300 million, putting the movie ahead of any title in the Twilight franchise (top Twilight earner was New Moon, which cumed $296.6 million domestically)

Save for Iron Man 2, which topped out at $623.9 million globally, every title on the top 10 list of biggest openings went on to gross north of $700 million worldwide. Hunger Games isn't certain of hitting that mark based on its solid, but far from spectacular, international opening of $59.3 million from 67 markets.
Hunger Games came in slightly ahead of the first Twilight in terms of its international opening, according to Lionsgate. That film topped out at $199 million worldwide. Hunger Games saw its strongest numbers in English-speaking markets, including Australia ($9.7 mililon) and the U.K. ($7.5 million). Hunger Games may not reach $200 million internationally.

The overall box office might of Hunger Games is a milestone for Lionsgate, which has never had a tenptole franchise. The independent studio -- which is presently merging with Summit Entertainment, home of the Twilight series -- spent $80 million to make Hunger Games after rebates.

"Based on the trajectory of the weekend, we are going to have an unbelievable hold," said Lionsgate executive president of distribution David Spitz. "This film is going to play and play."

Hunger Games is assured of being a profit generator for Lionsgate, which contends it kept marketing costs under $50 million. And the company, which plans on making three more Hunger Games films, covered a large share of the budget by selling off foreign rights.
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Total Recall First Full-Length Trailer Hits the Web (Video)

3:30 PM PDT 4/1/2012 by THR Staff



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After teasing fans with a tiny 33-second preview, Columbia Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for the hotly anticipated Total Recall.

In Len Wiseman's remake of the scifi classic, Colin Ferrell stars as a ordinary man who has memories planted into his mind by a company called Rekall. When the system goes haywire, Ferrell learns that he is, in fact, a spy in disguise. Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston also star in the film.

The trailer debuted on ABC during an NBA game on Sunday between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. In case you missed it, view below. Total Recall is set for a August 3 release.

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