‘THE HUNGER GAMES’ BESTS ‘TITANS’ SEQUEL WITH $61.1 MILLION WEEKEND

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The Hunger Games stayed atop the box office roost, beating out newcomers Wrath of the Titans (#2, $34.2 million) and Mirror Mirror (#3, $19 million) with a $61.1 million showing.  Starring Jennifer Lawrence as strong willed archer Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games has amassed over $251 million domestically.  Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1.  The Hunger Games – $61.1 million

2.  Wrath of the Titans – $34.2 million

3.  Mirror Mirror – – $19 million

4.  21 Jump Street – $15 million

5.  Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – $8 million

6.  John Carter – $2.005 million

7.  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – $1.274 million

8.  Act of Valor – $1 million

9.  A Thousand Words – $915,000

10.  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – $835,000

Jennifer Lawrence talks about how The Hunger Games, directed by Seabiscuit filmmaker Gary Ross, is a movie that was made for “real fans” of Suzanne Collins’ franchise: 

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‘THE HUNGER GAMES’ SETS BOX OFFICE RECORD WITH $155 MILLION DEBUT

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The hype was definitely worth it, as The Hunger Games debuted with a record breaking $155 million in over the weekend, making it the highest debut for a non-sequel picture (the highest debuts go to the last Harry Potter movie, which turned in $169.2 million, and the Dark Knight, which made $158.4 million).  21 Jump Street checked in at a distant second with $21.3 million.  Here’s the top 10:

1.  The Hunger Games – $155 million

2.  21 Jump Street – $21.3 million

3.  Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – $13.1 million

4.  John Carter – $5.01 million

5.  Act of Valor – $2.06 million

6.  Project X – $1.95 million

7.  A Thousand Words – $1.93 million

8.  October Baby – $1.72 million

9.  Safe House – $1.7 million

10.  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – $1.37 million

Jennifer Lawrence talks about the challenge of playing such an iconic character as Katniss Everdeen: 

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‘Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson Got Seal Of Approval From Author Collins

josh-as-peeta-mellark-josh-hutcherson-24636948-1067-798Arguably the most anticipated film of the season, THE HUNGER GAMES brings to the screen the first in the best-selling trilogy of young adult novels by SUZANNE COLLINS. Co-written and directed by GARY ROSS, the cast includes JENNIFER LAWRENCE and JOSH HUTCHERSON as the central young warriors sent to fight to the death in a televised arena battle. As Peeta Malaark, the baker’s son paired (and perhaps smitten) with reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen, HUTCHERSON was one of many young actors who tried out for the role. During our recent interview, he talked about his audition and meeting the book’s author,  SUZANNE COLLINS. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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Villainy Is In The Eye Of The Beholder For ‘Hunger Games’ Star Alexander Ludwig

hunger-games-movie-wp_cato1The world of THE HUNGER GAMES was originally inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Theseus, who would regularly send groups of teens into a deadly arena to battle a Minotaur. That, along with her observations of “reality tv” and war coverage, gave author SUZANNE COLLINS the germ of an idea that eventually spawned three young adult best selling novels.
In her books, 24 young citizens (called “tributes”) of 12 districts are chosen by lottery to fight to the death in a televised arena battle. Cato, one of the chosen from District 2, is known for being fearsomely dangerous, physically and mentally strong as well as completely ruthless.
We recently sat down with ALEXANDER LUDWIG (the actor who plays Cato in the film) and asked whether his character  should be considered a villain or just a kid forced by circumstance to try to win the game. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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‘Hunger Games’ Star Jennifer Lawrence Claims Film Was Made For Fans, By Fans

the-hunger-games-posterOpening in theaters this week, THE HUNGER GAMES is the first big screen adaptation of SUZANNE COLLINS’ popular young adult trilogy that includes CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY. A futuristic epic, the books were originally aimed at the teen audience but quickly gathered steam across all demographic groups. At the heart of the stories is Katniss Everdeen, a heroine to rival any and a role requiring the bravest of actresses. Unlike Bella Swan of The Twilight Saga, Katniss is born of strength and looked up to by legions of young women as a role model. Academy Award-nominated actress JENNIFER LAWRENCE thought long and hard before accepting the pivotal lead role and, when we spoke with her recently, she confessed that it was the filmmakers’ appreciation for COLLINS’ books that convinced her to take the job. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR

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