By Nicole Thivierge and Phoenix Ashman
The Hunger Games trilogy is one of the most widely known and revered book and movie series of all time, placed alongside with big box office names such as Harry Potter and Twilight. The newest movie release of Catching Fire shows that the hype is still burning strong.
For those that don’t know, The Hunger Games, a 2008 science fiction novel by author Suzanne Collins, depicts a post-apocalyptic nation called Panem that holds a competition every year known as “The Hunger Games.” Each year 24 tributes, children of the 12 districts of Panem, get sent to the Capital to fight to the death. The series follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and her fight for survival through the games and the fallout.
The book series has become one of the bestselling Young Adult series of all time, and the film adaptations do not disappoint.
The Hunger Games, released Mar. 2012, opening weekend gross was $152.5 million. It was ranked at #6 most grossed all time. Catching Fire, which was released on Nov. 22 this year, had a $158.4 million gross debut for its opening weekend. Only five movies have surpassed Catching Fire: The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Dark Knight.
The Hunger Games series also applies to a wider audience. The percentages of those under 25 and over 25 who watched Catching Fire was evenly split, and although there were more females than males watching, there were more males watching The Hunger Games than the Twilight trilogy.
Franks Theater in York offered a double feature experience for the opening of Catching Fire, which was aired before its midnight release at around 8. Views obtained lanyards and passes for the event.
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A Closer Look: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire burned up the movie screen with its release on Nov. 22. and in the process has broken previous Thanksgiving records set at the box office.
Catching Fire is the second movie in what is planned to be a four-part movie saga, which is based on the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Stars Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Melark) make their returns in the fiery sequel that gives the audience a real look into the autocratic society in Panem works.
We see President Snow’s true scheming self along with a few other important figures in the twelve districts of Panem. The audience also sees Katniss Everdeen’s raw emotion when her life, and the lives of the people she loves are in danger.
Jennifer Lawrence is amazing in her role as Katniss Everdeen. Lawrence expresses the emotions of Katniss so well, one can truly feel what it is like to be in the life or death situations that she often faces.
“This sequel is definitely better then the first. It was amazing!” Fellow moviegoer Cindy Donahouh said.
The movie straps you into an emotional rollercoaster of anger, sadness, and joy. For those emotional ladies out there, bring your tissues along. You’re going to need them.
The third movie, Mockingjay Part One is to be released Nov. 21, 2014, and it is safe to say that the fans of the Hungers Game cannot wait to see how Katniss and Peeta’s life play out on-screen.
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