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Monday
Apr092012

"The Hunger Games" Remains Box Office Champ with $33.5 Million

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the third consecutive weekend, The Hunger Games toyed with the competition.

The blockbuster film earned an estimated $33.5 million to remain in first place.  It has now raised $302.8 million at the domestic box office to date.

The American Pie sequel American Reunion debuted in the runner-up spot, drawing $21.5 million.  The 3D re-release of Titanic bowed in the third spot, with $17.4 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Hunger Games, $33.5 million
2. American Reunion, $21.5 million
3. Titanic (3D), $17.4 million
4. Wrath of the Titans, $15 million
5. Mirror Mirror, $11 million
6. 21 Jump Street, $10.2 million
7. Dr. Seuss' the Lorax, $5 million
8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, $975,000
9. John Carter, $820,000
10. Safe House, $581,000

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Racist Tweets Target 'Hunger Games' Stars

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- While The Hunger Games has been a huge box office success, there are a few fans who have tweeted racially-insensitive complaints about the film.

The tweets specifically targeted Lenny Kravitz, who plays Cinna, an adviser to Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss, and Amandla Stenberg, who plays Katniss' young companion Rue. Both actors are black.

A Tumblr blog titled "Hunger Games Tweets" has drawn attention to the tweets. One tweet reads, "call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad #ihatemyself." There are other tweets that cannot be republished here due to their insensitive nature.

The book on which the movie is based describes Rue as having "dark brown skin and eyes." Cinna's race is not disclosed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, many of the Twitter accounts that published the tweets have been shut down.

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Monday
Mar262012

"The Hunger Games" Debuts with Whopping $155 Million

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Moviegoers had their fill of The Hunger Games over the weekend.

The highly-anticipated movie earned an estimated $155 million from Friday through Sunday -- the most successful debut ever for a non-sequel.  The only films to rake in more cash during their opening weekend were Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which bowed last year with $169.2 million, and the Batman film The Dark Knight, which premiered in 2008 with $158.4 million.

To further put The Hunger Games' total revenue into perspective: the top three Oscar-winners for 2012 -- The Artist, Hugo and The Iron Lady -- drew a combined $145.6 million during their entire box office runs.

The adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel also set a first-day record for a non-sequel, raising $68.25 million on Friday.  It pulled in $19.7 million from its midnight screenings early Friday.

Last week's box office champ, 21 Jump Street, slipped to second place, with $21.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Hunger Games, $155 million
2. 21 Jump Street, $21.3 million
3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, $13.1 million
4. John Carter, $5 million
5. Act of Valor, $2.1 million
6. Project X, $2 million
7. A Thousand Words, $1.9 million
8. October Baby, $1.7 million
9. Safe House, $1.39 million
10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, $1.37 million

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Friday
Mar232012

"The Hunger Games" Opens Nationwide Friday

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After months of hype, The Hunger Games finally arrived in theaters across the country early Friday.

For those of you who have not read Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel on which the film is based, the story is set in a futuristic North America where teenagers are forced to compete in a ruthless, reality TV-type competition called The Hunger Games.  The contestants’ main objective is to fight for survival.

The protagonist is a 16-year-old girl named Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence.  After her younger sister is drafted into "The Hunger Games," Katniss volunteers to take her place.  She then prepares for the battle of her life with the help of a drunken former champion, Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch Abernathy.

The Hunger Games also stars Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, and Stanley Tucci.  It’s rated PG-13.

The Hunger Games, which is also screening in IMAX theaters, is the only film opening in wide release this weekend.

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Thursday
Mar222012

"The Hunger Games" Racks Up Huge Advance Ticket Sales

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hunger Games doesn’t open until Friday, but it’s already raking in big bucks. 

The Hollywood Reporter says by Wednesday afternoon, the film had racked up $15 million in advance ticket sales for screenings at AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment and Cinemark theaters.

In addition, Fandango.com reports The Hunger Games is the company’s top-selling franchise opener of all time, with more than 2,000 show times already sold-out.  The film is Fandango’s top ticket-seller of the year to date.

The movie has also cracked Fandango’s ranking of the top five all-time advance ticket sellers, surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse to grab the number four spot.

Fandango expects The Hunger Games to move ahead of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 by Thursday morning to claim the number three spot on its list of all-time advance ticket sellers.

Hollywood.com Box Office President Paul Dergarabedian expects the film to have a huge opening weekend, saying it could hit the $145 million mark, which would rank it among the best opening weekends ever.

Last July’s opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 holds the record for the best opening weekend with $169.2 million.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

"Hunger Games" Star Jennifer Lawrence Talks Fans, Insecurities

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar nominated actress and star of the upcoming film The Hunger Games, is quickly learning what it's like to be a part of a global phenomenon.

On Tuesday's The Late Show with David Letterman, she explained that although she thinks she's "a troll," and hates to see herself on screen, she knows there are legions of Hunger Games fans who scream -- and sometimes faint -- at the sight of her, thanks to her playing Katniss Everdeen, the lead heroine in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' book series.

Lawrence told Letterman that of all the fans she's met, her "personal favorites are the ones who are in decked out, head to toe, Hunger Games Katniss gear...and then they get in line, and they...just kind of go into shock, and they look miserable...Won't look at me, won't talk to me, and if it weren't for their full gear, I would think they hated me...But you know they just worked themselves up...And then they get in line and they just shut off."

The Winter's Bone Oscar nominee said her family is "having fun" with her fame, and her brothers -- who used to beat her up -- now provide useful services like threatening to "throw skateboards" at paparazzi, or dispensing advice on how she can beat the nerves she faces on the red carpet.

"Do shots! Do shots!" she said they told her.

The Hunger Games, which also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemswort, and Stanley Tucci, hits theaters on Friday.

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Tuesday
Mar132012

"Hunger Games" Fans Occupy Los Angeles Premiere

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- With hundreds of fans already camped out around Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, The Hunger Games had its premiere Monday night.

ABC News Radio was there as the movie's stars -- including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth -- got a chance to see the film and a legion of die-hards got a chance to see the stars of the anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestseller.

"It was totally worth it," exclaimed one fan.  "Totally worth the cold fingers," said another, after getting a glimpse of the movie's stars.

Their dedication left those involved in the film slack-jawed.

"The first thought in my head is: 'Wow! They really camped out?...It's craziness," said Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays one of the movie's villains, Clove.

"Bananas," was how actress Paula Malcomson described the scene, saying it looked as if an Occupy protest had moved outside the theater.

For her part, Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson said she "admires that commitment," but can't picture camping out for any movie.

"I like my pillow," she joked.

The Hunger Games, about a bloodsport/reality show that forces young players into a kill-or-be-killed competition, opens on March 23.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Fans Get a New Taste of 'The Hunger Games'

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new preview clip of the highly-anticipated film The Hunger Games debuted online Tuesday.

It features the main character, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss, and Lenny Kravitz's Cinna, who tries to help Katniss survive a brutal game in which players must fight for their lives.

Based on the first book in the bestselling series by Suzanne Collins, the movie -- which also stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson -- opens March 23.

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Wednesday
May252011

Lenny Kravitz Lands Role In 'The Hunger Games'

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lenny Kravitz has landed a pivotal role in one of next year's most anticipated films, according to The Hollywood Reporter – the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular best-selling trilogy The Hunger Games.

The movie is about young people in a post-apocalyptic version of America who are forced to fight each other to the death in an annual televised competition called "The Hunger Games."  Lenny will play Cinna, the stylist who creates eye-popping and intricate costumes for the main character, Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence.

Lenny's previous acting credits include Precious -- the performance that led to Hunger Games director Gary Ross casting him -- as well as Zoolander and The Diving Bell & The Butterfly.

The movie is due out next March.

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