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The Hunger Games

Theatrical release poster


Directed by Gary Ross
Produced by Nina Jacobson
Jon Kilik
Screenplay by
Gary Ross
Suzanne Collins
Billy Ray
Based on The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Starring
Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth
Woody Harrelson
Elizabeth Banks
Lenny Kravitz
Stanley Tucci
Donald Sutherland
The Hunger Games (lm)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Hunger Games is a 2012
American adventure lm directed by
Gary Ross and based on the novel of
the same name by Suzanne Collins.
The picture is the rst installment in
The Hunger Games lm series and
was produced by Nina Jacobson and
Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross,
Collins and Billy Ray. The lm stars
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson,
Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson,
Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz,
Stanley Tucci and Donald
Sutherland.
[5]
The story takes place in
a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in
the nation of Panem, where boys and
girls between the ages of 12 and 18
must take part in the Hunger Games,
a televised annual event in which the
"tributes" are required to ght to the
death until there is one remaining who
will be crowned the victor. Katniss
Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to
take her younger sister's place in the
games. Joined by her district's male
tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson),
Katniss travels to the Capitol to train
for the Hunger Games under the
guidance of former victor Haymitch
Abernathy (Harrelson).
Development of The Hunger Games
began in March 2009 when Lions Gate
Entertainment entered into a
co-production agreement with Color
Force, which had acquired the rights a
few weeks earlier. Collins collaborated
with Ray and Ross to write the
screenplay. The screenplay expanded
the character of Seneca Crane to allow
several developments to be shown
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Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Tom Stern
Editing by Stephen Mirrione
Juliette Weling
Studio Color Force
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
March 12, 2012
(Los Angeles premiere)
March 23, 2012
(United States)
Running time
142 minutes
[1][2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget
$78 million
[3]
Box oce
$691,247,768
[4]
directly to the audience and Ross
added several scenes between Crane
and Coriolanus Snow. The main
characters were cast between March
and May 2011. Principal photography
began in May 2011 and ended in
September 2011, and lming took
place in North Carolina. The Hunger
Games was shot entirely on lm as
opposed to digital.
The lm was released on March 21,
2012, in France
[6]
and in the US on
March 23, 2012,
[7]
in both
conventional theaters and digital
IMAX theaters.
[8]
Japan received it
last, on September 28. When the lm
released, it set records for opening
day ($67.3 million) and opening
weekend for a non-sequel.
[9]
At the
time of its release, the lm's opening
weekend gross ($152.5 million) was the third-largest of any movie in North
America.
[10]
It is the rst lm since Avatar to remain in rst place at the North
American box oce for four consecutive weekends.
[11]
The movie was a massive
box-oce success by grossing over $691 million worldwide against its budget of
$78 million, making it the third-highest-grossing lm in the United States and
ninth-highest-grossing worldwide of 2012.
[4]
It was released on DVD and Blu-ray
Disc on August 18, 2012.
[12]
With 7,434,058 units sold, the DVD was the
best-selling DVD of 2012.
[13]
The Hunger Games received positive reviews, with praise for its themes and
messages, as well as Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss. Like the novel, the
lm has attracted criticism for its similarities to other works, such as the
Japanese novel Battle Royale and its lm adaptation, and the Shirley Jackson
short story "The Lottery". Collins' novel and screenplay drew on sources of
inspiration such as the myth of Theseus, Roman gladiatorial games, reality
television, and the desensitization of viewers to media coverage of real-life
tragedy and war, not to think as just an audience member, "Because those are real
people on the screen, and theyre not going away when the commercials start to
roll."
[14]
The song "Safe & Sound" won a Grammy Award and was nominated for a
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. For her performance, Lawrence won
the Saturn Award for Best Actress, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
for Best Actress in an Action Movie, the Empire Award for Best Actress and was
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also nominated for the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress. A
sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released on November 22, 2013 in
the United States.
Contents
1 Plot
2 Cast
3 Production
3.1 Casting
3.2 Filming
3.3 Music
3.3.1 Soundtrack
3.3.2 Score
4 Reception
4.1 Critical response
4.2 Box oce
4.3 Themes
4.4 Precedents in lm and literature
4.5 Controversies
4.6 Accolades
4.7 Home media
5 Sequels
6 References
7 External links
Plot
The nation of Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol ruling twelve poorer districts.
As punishment for a past rebellion, each district must provide two "tributes" - one
boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 selected by lottery (the
"Reaping") - every year to compete in the Hunger Games; they must ght to the
death in a vast arena, with the sole survivor rewarded with fame and wealth.
In District 12, when Primrose Everdeen is chosen in her rst Reaping, her older
sister Katniss, an expert archer, volunteers to take her place. Peeta Mellark, a
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baker's son, is selected as the other district tribute. Katniss and Peeta are taken
to the Capitol accompanied by their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, a past District
12 victor and heavy drinker, and chaperone Ee Trinket.
During a TV interview with host Caesar Flickerman, Peeta reveals his love for
Katniss. She is outraged, believing it to be a ploy to gain favor with Sponsors who
can provide gifts during the Games, but discovers Peeta is sincere.
The televised Games begin with the tributes positioned in front of weapons and
supplies piled in and around a structure called the Cornucopia. Katniss ignores
Haymitch's advice to avoid the temptation, and barely escapes death in the
inevitable melee over the supplies; eleven others are not so lucky.
She tries to get as far away from the others as possible in the forest, but is
eventually run up a tree and surrounded by the Careers (Marvel, Glimmer, Cato
and Clove; tributes from Districts 1 and 2 who almost always win the Games due
to their training at special academies) and Peeta, who has temporarily allied with
the Careers to stay alive. Rue, the young female tribute from District 11, is hiding
in a nearby tree and quietly draws her attention to a tracker jacker nest. Katniss
drops the nest on her besiegers; the poisonous ying insects kill Glimmer and
drive the rest away. Stung herself, Katniss loses consciousness. When she wakes
up, she nds that Rue has taken care of her for days. They become friends and
allies.
Katniss devises a plan to destroy the pile of supplies the Careers have gathered
together. With Rue acting as a decoy to draw their enemies away, Katniss sets o
mines planted around the supplies. Afterward, she hears Rue's call for help. When
Katniss frees Rue from a trap, she has to dodge a spear thrown by Marvel, which
impales Rue. Katniss shoots and kills Marvel with an arrow, then tearfully
comforts the dying Rue, whose televised death sparks a riot in Rue's district.
Panem's President, Coriolanus Snow, summons head gamemaker Seneca Crane to
express his displeasure at how these Games are turning out; instead of providing
a safety valve for social unrest, they are having the opposite eect.
Haymitch convinces Crane to make a rule change to appease the anger in the
districts. It is announced that tributes from the same district can win as a team.
Katniss then searches for Peeta and nds him with a badly infected leg from a
sword wound. When a feast is proclaimed at the Cornucopia, with the promise
that each tribute will nd what they need there, Peeta insists that Katniss not risk
herself to get medicine for him. However, when he falls asleep, she heads there.
Upon arrival, she is ambushed and pinned by Clove. But when Clove boasts that
she killed Rue, Thresh appears behind her and throws Clove's head into the
Cornucopia, snapping her skull, killing her. Thresh tells Katniss that he will let
her go this one time, for Rue's sake.
Crane eventually unleashes a pack of hound-like creatures, which kill Thresh.
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Jennifer Lawrence
portrays Katniss
Everdeen, and dyed her
hair dark for the role.
[15]
Katniss and Peeta ee to the roof of the Cornucopia, where they nd Cato, the
only other survivor. After a struggle, Katniss wounds Cato with an arrow and
Peeta hurls him to the creatures below. With Peeta and Katniss apparently
victorious, the rule change is suddenly revoked. Peeta tells Katniss to shoot him.
She instead gives him half of the Nightlock (poisonous berries) they collected.
Before they can commit suicide, the couple is hastily proclaimed the victors of the
74th Hunger Games.
Haymitch warns Katniss that she has made powerful enemies with her display of
deance. Crane is locked in a room with a bowl of Nightlock. As Peeta and Katniss
return to District 12, President Snow ponders the situation.
Cast
Jennifer Lawrence as
Katniss Everdeen
[16]
Josh Hutcherson as
Peeta Mellark
[17]
Liam Hemsworth as
Gale Hawthorne
[17]
Woody Harrelson as
Haymitch
Abernathy
[18]
Elizabeth Banks as
Ee Trinket
[19]
Lenny Kravitz as
Cinna
[20]
Stanley Tucci as
Caesar
Flickerman
[21]
Donald Sutherland
as President
Coriolanus Snow
[22]
Wes Bentley as
Seneca Crane
[23]
Toby Jones as
Claudius
Templesmith
Alexander Ludwig as
Cato
[24]
Isabelle Fuhrman as
Clove
[24]
Amandla Stenberg
as Rue
[25]
Jack Quaid as
Marvel
[26]
Leven Rambin as
Glimmer
[26]
Dayo Okeniyi as
Thresh
Jacqueline Emerson
as Foxface
Willow Shields as
Primrose Everdeen
Paula Malcomson as
Mrs Everdeen
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Production
In March 2009, Lions Gate Entertainment entered into a co-production agreement
for The Hunger Games with Nina Jacobson's production company Color Force,
which had acquired worldwide distribution rights to the novel a few weeks earlier,
[27][28]
reportedly for $200,000.
[29]
Alli Shearmur and Jim Miller, President and
Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production at Lionsgate, took charge of
overseeing the production of the lm, which they described as "an incredible
property... a thrill to bring home to Lionsgate".
[30]
The studio, which had not
made a prot for ve years, raided the budgets of other productions and sold
assets to secure a budget of $88,000,000one of its largest ever
[31]
for the
lm.
[29][32]
Collins' agent Jason Dravis remarked that "they [Lionsgate] had
everyone but the valet call us" to help secure the franchise.
[32]
Lionsgate
subsequently acquired tax breaks of $8 million for shooting the lm in North
Carolina.
[32]
The production was eventually brought in under-budget at
$78 million.
[33]
Collins adapted the novel for lm herself,
[27]
in collaboration with screenwriter
Billy Ray and director Gary Ross.
[34][35]
The screenplay remains extremely
faithful to the original novel,
[36]
with Ross saying he "felt the only way to make
the lm really successful was to be totally subjective", echoing Collins'
presentation of the novel in the rst person present.
[37]
Instead of Katniss'
internal monologue about the Capitol's machinations, the screenplay expanded
the character of Seneca Crane, the Head Gamemaker, to allow several
developments to be shown directly to the audience. Ross explained, "In the book,
Katniss speculates about the game-makers manipulations... in the lm, we can't
get inside Katnisss head, but we do have the ability to cut away and actually
show the machinations of the Capitol behind the scenes. I created the game
center and also expanded the role of Seneca Crane for those reasons. I thought it
was tonally important."
[37]
Ross also added several scenes between Crane and
Coriolanus Snow, the elderly President of Panem, noting that "I thought that it
was very interesting that there would be one generation [of Panem citizens] who
knew that [the Games] were actually an instrument of political control, and there
would be a successive generation who was so enamoured with the ratings and the
showbiz and the sensations and the spectacle that was subsuming the actual
political intention, and that's really where the tension is".
[38]
The Gamemakers' control center, about which Katniss can only speculate in the
novel, was also developed as a location, helping to remind the audience of the
articial nature of the arena. Ross commented that, "so much of the lm happens
in the woods that it's easy to forget this is a futuristic society, manipulating these
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Josh Hutcherson plays
Peeta Mellark in the lm.
events for the sake of an audience. The look of the control center, the antiseptic
feeling of it and the use of holograms were all intended to make the arena feel
'constructed' even when you weren't seeing the control room."
[37]
Ross and visual
eects supervisor Sheena Duggal were keen to use the omniscient view that the
setting provided to justify the literal dei ex machina Katniss experiences in the
arena; Duggal explained that "we really didn't want to have to explain things...
how do you get compelled by these [animals] that just appear at the end of the
movie? We wanted to nd a way to introduce them without having to explain
specically and exactly what they were and the game room was a really great
opportunity for us to be able to do that."
[39]
Casting
Lionsgate conrmed in March 2011 that about 30
actresses auditioned or read for the role of Katniss
Everdeen, including Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin,
Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Chlo Grace Moretz,
Jodelle Ferland, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emily Browning,
Shailene Woodley, and Kaya Scodelario.
[3][40]
On
March 16, 2011, it was announced that Jennifer
Lawrence had landed the coveted role.
[41]
Ross
described Lawrence as having "an incredible amount
of self-assuredness, you got the sense that this girl
knew exactly who she was. And then she came in and
read for me and just knocked me out; I'd never seen
an audition like that before in my life. It was one of
those things where you just glimpse your whole
movie in front of you."
[39]
Though Lawrence was 20 when lming began, four years older than the
character,
[42]
Collins said that the role demanded "a certain maturity and power"
and said she would rather the actress be older than younger.
[43]
She added that
Lawrence was the "only one who truly captured the character I wrote in the book"
and that she had "every essential quality necessary to play Katniss".
[44]
Lawrence,
a fan of the books, took three days to accept the role, initially intimidated by the
size of the production.
[3][45]
Jeremy Irvine was originally oered the role of Peeta Mellark but he turned it
down for Now Is Good.
[46][47]
Contenders for the role of Peeta other than
Hutcherson included Alexander Ludwig (who was later cast as Cato), Hunter
Parrish, Lucas Till, and Evan Peters.
[48]
Other actors considered for the role of
Gale included David Henrie, Drew Roy, and Robbie Amell.
[48]
In April 2011, John
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C. Reilly was in talks with Lions Gate Entertainment to portray Haymitch
Abernathy.
[49]
The following month Lionsgate announced that the role had gone
to Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson.
[18]
The casting of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna,
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, and Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith,
soon followed. Multiple-Golden Globe award winner Donald Sutherland was cast
as President Coriolanus Snow in late May 2011.
[50]
Filming
Gary Ross became director in November 2010.
[51]
Fireman's Fund Insurance
Company insured the production, but as part of the underwriting process insisted
on a thorough risk analysis of hazards as diverse as wayward arrows, poison ivy,
bears, bugs, and a chase across fast-running water.
[52]
Lawrence dyed her blonde hair dark for the part of Katniss.
[53]
She also
underwent extensive training to get in shape for the role, including archery, rock
and tree climbing, combat, running, parkour, and yoga,
[54]
and had an accident on
the last day of her six week training phase, in which she hit a wall while running
at full speed, but was not seriously injured. Other stars who dyed their hair for
the movie include Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale.
[3]
Lionsgate hired archer (and Olympic bronze medalist) Khatuna Lorig to teach
Lawrence how to shoot.
[52]
With an initial budget of $75 million,
[55]
principal photography began near
Brevard in Transylvania County in Western North Carolina in May 2011
[56]
and
concluded on September 15, 2011, with a nal budget reported as between $90
and $100 million, reduced to $78 million after subsidies.
[3]
Steven Soderbergh
served as a second unit director,
[57]
and lmed much of the District 11 riot
scene.
[58]
The movie was shot on lm as opposed to digital due (in part) to the
tightness of the schedule; as Ross said in an interview with The New York Times,
"I didn't want to run the risk of the technical issues that often come with shooting
digitallywe simply couldn't aord any delays."
[59]
Virtually all production photography took place in North Carolina, with Lionsgate
receiving tax credits of around $8 million from the state government to do so.
Forbes magazine estimated that the state economy gained up to $60 million from
the production, with over 5,000 people employed as extras, crew and support
sta.
[60]
Most outdoor scenes, both from the arena and from the outskirts of
District 12, were lmed in DuPont State Forest; the Little River, with its multiple
waterfalls, provided several locations for shooting the river running through the
arena.
[61]
The production team built a walkway across the top of Triple Falls for
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The scene where Katniss
tracks down Peeta was lmed
at Bridal Veil Falls in DuPont
State Forest.
Lawrence to run over the rapids during Katniss'
pursuit by the Career tributes.
[62]
Many of the urban and interior locations, in the
Capitol and elsewhere, were lmed in Shelby and
Charlotte. Ross and production designer Phil
Messina drew on the buildings of the 1939 New
York World's Fair and symbols of political power
including Tiananmen Square and Red Square,
when designing the Capitol architecture, which
they wanted "to be set in the future but have a
sense of its own past... it's festive and alluring and
indulgent and decadent but it also has to have the
kind of might and power behind it".
[63][64]
For
Katniss' neighborhood in District 12, the
production team found Henry River Mill Village, an abandoned mill town which
Ross said "just worked perfectly for the movie to evoke the scene"; Messina
explained that "originally we talked about maybe building one house and the
facade of the house next door and redressing it, and maybe doing some CG
extensions... we ended up nding a whole abandoned mill town... it was absolutely
perfect".
[64]
Music
Soundtrack
The soundtrack album for The Hunger Games contains songs inspired by the lm;
only three of them ("Abraham's Daughter", "Safe & Sound", and "Kingdom Come",
respectively) appear in the lm itself, during the closing credits.
[65]
The rst
single from the lm's companion album, "Safe & Sound" by Taylor Swift featuring
The Civil Wars, was released on December 23, 2011.
[66]
It reached number one on
the iTunes overall charts in 12 hours.
[citation needed]
The music video for "Safe &
Sound" was released on February 13, 2012. Along with separate songs from Swift
and The Civil Wars, the soundtrack also features songs by The Decemberists,
Arcade Fire, The Secret Sisters, Miranda Lambert featuring The Pistol Annies,
[67]
Neko Case, Kid Cudi
[67]
Academy Award winner Glen Hansard,
[67]
The Low
Anthem,
[67]
Punch Brothers,
[67]
Birdy,
[67]
Maroon 5, Jayme Dee,
[67]
and Carolina
Chocolate Drops.
[67]
The soundtrack was released on March 20, 2012.
[68]
The
soundtrack track list was revealed on iTunes on February 13, 2012, and on the
14th "One Engine" was released as the second single. Jennifer Lawrence singing
"Rue's Lullaby" was not included on the soundtrack. The album debuted at No. 1
on the Billboard Top 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its rst week. It was
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The Hunger Games: Original
Motion Picture Score
Film score by James Newton Howard
Released March 26, 2012
Genre Soundtrack
Label Universal Republic
Producer T-Bone Burnett
James Newton Howard chronology
The Hunger
Games:
Songs from
District 12
and Beyond
The
Hunger
Games:
Original
Motion
Picture
Score
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic
[69]
Film Score Reviews
[70]
the rst since Michael Jackson's This Is It to debut at #1. It is one of just 16
soundtracks to grace the top slot in the history of the Top 200.
Score
Lionsgate originally announced that
Danny Elfman and T-Bone Burnett would
score The Hunger Games, with Burnett
also acting as the lm's executive music
producer to produce songs for the
soundtrack.
[71]
Due to scheduling
conicts, Elfman was replaced by James
Newton Howard.
[72]
The score album was
released on March 26, 2012.
[73]
Arcade Fire also contributed to the
movie's original score. The group
composed the grand, fascistic-inspired,
ominous Panem national anthem, entitled
"Horn of Plenty", an important and
signature leitmotif appearing throughout
the lm.
[74][75]
"We were interested in
making music that would be more integral
in the movie, just as a mental exercise,"
Butler, who co-wrote the song with
Chassagne, explained. "And there's an
anthem that runs throughout the books,
the national anthem of the fascist Capitol.
So as a thought experiment, we tried to
write what that might sound like. It's like
the Capitol's idea of itself, basically."
[74][75]
He further added that "it's not a
pop song or anything. More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting
event like the [Hunger] Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James
Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places
in the lm."
[74][75]
Arcade Fire's Panem national anthem has received strong
reviews. According to Spin, "'Horn of Plenty' pulls o the neat feat of sounding
both exactly like Arcade Fire and exactly like a futuristic anthem. It still has one
foot in the band's uncorrupted neighborhoods, but another is up on the podium at
the end of Star Wars accepting an Olympic gold medal or something. Horns blare,
a choir booms, strings swell, the martial percussion steals the show, and we just
realized how much we love Big Brother."
[76]
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The lm also featured a rather obscure analog track from the 1970s composed by
Laurie Spiegel for its "cornucopia scene", as well as music by Steve Reich, lafur
Arnalds, and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
[77]
These do not appear on the
soundtrack or score releases.
No. Title Length
1. "The Hunger Games" 1:10
2. "Katniss Afoot" 1:49
3. "Reaping Day" 1:35
4. "The Train" 1:27
5. "Entering the Capitol" 2:28
6. "Preparing the Chariots" 1:05
7. "Horn of Plenty" 1:59
8. "Penthouse/Training" 3:36
9. "Learning the Skills" 1:41
10. "The Countdown" 1:58
11. "Booby Trap" 2:37
12. "Healing Katniss" 3:04
13. "Rue's Farewell" 5:00
14. "We Could Go Home" 1:15
15. "Searching for Peeta" 1:27
16. "The Cave" 3:13
17. "Muttations" 4:45
18. "Tenuous Winners/Returning Home" 3:25
Total length: 42:16
The album reached a peak of 71st on the Canadian Albums Chart.
[78]
Reception
Critical response
The Hunger Games received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives
the lm holds an 84% approval rating, based on 275 reviews, and a rating
average of 7.2 out of 10. The site's consensus states "thrilling and superbly acted,
The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious
scope of its source novel".
[79]
On Metacritic, the lm has a 67 out of 100,
indicating "generally favorable reviews", based on reviews from 44 critics.
[80]
Many critics praised Jennifer Lawrence for her portrayal as Katniss Everdeen, as
well as most of the main cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence
embodies Katniss, "just as one might imagine her from the novel".
[81]
Empire
magazine said "Lawrence is perfect as Katniss, there's very little softness about
her, more a melancholy determination that good must be done even if that
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requires bad things."
[81]
Several critics have reviewed the lm favorably
compared with other young-adult ction adaptations such as Harry Potter and
Twilight. Justin Craig of Fox News rated the lm as "[e]xcellent" and stated:
"Move over Harry Potter. A darker, more mature franchise has come to claim your
throne."
[82]
Rafer Guzman of Newsday referred to The Hunger Games as being
"darker than 'Harry Potter,' more sophisticated than 'Twilight'."
[83]
David Sexton
of The Evening Standard stated that The Hunger Games "is well cast and pretty
well acted, certainly when compared with Harry Potter 's juvenile leads".
[84]
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the lm three stars out of four,
praising the movie as "eective entertainment" and Lawrence's performance.
Despite being a largely positive review, he criticized the lm for being too long
and noted that the lm misses opportunities for social criticism.
[85]
Simon
Reynolds of Digital Spy gave the lm four stars out of ve, calling it "enthralling
from beginning to end, science ction that has depth and intelligence to match its
pulse-racing entertainment value". Reynolds also spoke highly of Lawrence's
performance and director Gary Ross, whose "rough and ready handheld
camerawork" meant that viewers were "with Katniss for every blood-ecked
moment of her ordeal in the combat arena".
[86]
However, lm critic David
Thomson of the magazine The New Republic called it a "terrible movie",
criticizing it for a lack of character development and unclear presentation of the
violence, describing the latter as "un-American".
[87]
Eric Goldman of IGN awarded the lm four out of ve stars, stating that director
Gary Ross "gets the tone of The Hunger Games right. This is a grounded,
thoughtful and sometimes quite emotional lm, with its dark scenario given due
weight. Ross doesn't give the lm a glossy, romanticized 'Hollywood' feel, but
rather plays everything very realistically and stark, as Katniss must endure these
outrageous and horrible scenarios."
[88]
The lm received some criticism for its
shaky camera style, but it was said to "add to the lm in certain ways".
[88]
The
violence drew commentary as well. Time critic Mary Pols considered that the lm
was too violent for young children, even though the violence had been toned down
compared with the novel,
[89]
while critic Thoden Janes of the Charlotte Observer
found that "[...] the violence is so bland it dilutes the message".
[90]
Also writing in
Time, psychologist Christopher J. Ferguson argued that parents' fears of the eect
of the lm's violent content on their children were unnecessary, and that children
are capable of viewing violent content without being psychologically harmed.
[91]
On February 22, 2012, The Hunger Games broke the record for rst-day advance
ticket sales on Fandango, topping the previous record of Eclipse. The sales were
reported to be 83 percent of the site's totals for the day.
[92]
According to rst
tracking, unaided awareness for The Hunger Games was 11%, denite interest
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was 54%, rst choice was 23% and total awareness was 74%.
[93]
In the week
leading up to its release, the lm sold-out over 4,300 showings via Fandango and
MovieTickets.com
[94]
On Fandango alone it ranks as the third-highest advance
ticket seller ever behind New Moon and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2.
[95]
Finally, according to Fandango it broke the site's single-day sales
record (March 23), the mobile sales record for a weekend (March 2325, 2012)
and the site's highest share of a lm's opening weekend (Fandango sold 22% of
the lm's opening weekend tickets).
[96]
Box oce
The Hunger Games earned $408,010,692 in North America, and $283,237,076 in
other countries, for a worldwide total of $691,247,768.
[4]
It made the largest
worldwide opening weekend for a lm not released during the summer or the
holiday period, earning $211.8 million, which was just ahead of Alice in
Wonderland's previous record ($210.1 million).
[97]
In North America, The Hunger Games is the 14th-highest-grossing lm, the
highest-grossing lm released outside the summer or holiday period,
[98]
and the
highest-grossing lm distributed by Lionsgate.
[99]
The lm set a midnight-gross
record for a non-sequel ($19.7 million), which is also the tenth-highest midnight
gross overall.
[100]
On its opening day, it topped the box oce $67.3 million
(including midnight showings), setting opening-day and single-day records for a
non-sequel. The lm also achieved the tenth-highest opening-day and eleventh-
highest single-day grosses of all time.
[101][102][103]
On its opening weekend, the
movie retained the No. 1 spot and grossed $152.5 million, breaking Alice in
Wonderland's opening-weekend records for a lm released in March, for any
spring release, and for a non-sequel.
[99][104][105][106]
Its opening weekend gross is
also the largest for any lm released outside the summer season and the eighth-
largest overall.
[107]
It remained in rst place at the North American box oce for
four consecutive weekends, becoming the rst lm since Avatar to achieve
this.
[11][108][109]
On June 10, 2012 (its 80th day in theaters), it became the 14th
movie to pass the $400-million-mark.
[110]
On April 20, 2012, Lionsgate and IMAX
Corporation announced that due to "overwhelming demand", The Hunger Games
would return to North American IMAX cinemas on April 27 for a further one-week
engagement.
[111]
Outside North America, the lm was released in most countries during March and
April 2012,
[112]
with the exception of China, where it was released in June
2012.
[113]
On its rst weekend (March 2325, 2012), the lm topped the box
oce outside North America with $59.25 million from 67 markets, nishing at
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rst place in most of them.
[114]
The largest opening weekends were recorded in
China ($9.6 million),
[113]
Australia ($9.48 million), and the UK, Ireland and Malta
($7.78 million).
[112][115]
In total earnings, its highest-grossing markets after
North America are the UK ($37.3 million), Australia ($31.1 million) and China
($27.0 million).
[112]
Themes
Interpretations of the lm's themes and messages have been widely discussed
among critics and general commentators. In his review for The Washington Times,
Peter Suderman expressed that "[m]aybe it's a liberal story about inequality and
the class divide. Maybe it's a libertarian epic about the evils of authoritarian
government. Maybe it's a feminist revision on the sci- action blockbuster. Maybe
it's a bloody satire of reality television", but concludes the lm only proposes
these theories and brings none of them to a reasonable conclusion.
[116]
Reviewers and critics have diering views on whether the lm represents feminist
issues. Historically, among the "top 200 worldwide box-oce hits ever
($350 million and up), not one has been built around a female action star".
[117]
Manohla Dargis sees Katniss Everdeen as a female hero following in the lineage
of "archetypal gures in the literature of the American West" such as Natty
Bumppo, as well as characters portrayed by American actors such as John Wayne
and Clint Eastwood.
[118]
Katniss is also seen as defying normative gender roles:
she exhibits both "masculine" and "feminine" traits equally.
[118]
Dargis also notes
that Katniss is a female character with signicant agency: "Katniss is a fantasy
gure, but partly what makes her powerfuland, I suspect, what makes her so
important to a lot of girls and womenis that she's one of the truest feeling, most
complex female characters to hit American movies in a while. She isn't passive,
she isn't weak, and she isn't some random girl. She's active, she's strong and
she's the girl who motivates the story."
[118]
Similarly, Shelley Bridgeman of The
New Zealand Herald wrote that because the characteristics of "athleticism,
strength, courageousness and prowess at hunting" are not given to a male
protagonist, but to Katniss, her character is an abrupt departure from the
stereotypical depiction of women as being innately passive or helpless.
[119]
Mahvesh Murad of The Express Tribune said that the lm's triumph is "a young
female protagonist with agency", comparing her with Joss Whedon's Buy
Summers.
[120]
The lm has drawn varying interpretations for its political overtones, including
arguments in favor of left-wing, right-wing, and libertarian viewpoints. Bob
Burnett of The Hungton Post observed the lm displays a general distrust of
government, regardless of the audience's political party aliation.
[121]
Steven
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Zeitchik and Emily Rome, in the Dallas Morning News, also stated that some
viewers formed an opinion about The Hunger Games as a parable of the Occupy
Wall Street activity.
[122]
The Hungton Post reported that Penn Badgley, a
supporter of Occupy Wall Street, saw the lm as a social commentary on the
movement.
[123]
Burnett also states that "Collins doesn't use the terms 1 percent
and 99 percent, but it's clear that those in the Capitol are members of the
1 percent and everyone in the Panem districts is part of the 99 percent".
[121]
Steven Zeitchik and Emily Rome, in the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas
Morning News reported that, among other disparate interpretations, some
viewers saw The Hunger Games as a Christian allegory.
[124][125]
Jerey Weiss of
Real Clear Religion, published in the Star Tribune has remarked on what he saw
as the intentional absence of religion in The Hunger Games universe, and has
commented that whilst the stories contain no actual religion, people are "nd[ing]
aspects that represent their own religious values" within it.
[126]
Donald Brake from The Washington Times, as well as pastors Andy Langford and
Ann G. L. Duncan, wrote that the lm has Christian themes, such as that of
self-sacrice, which is found in Katniss' substitution for her younger sister,
analogous to the sacrice of Jesus as a substitute for the atonement of sins.
[127]
Brake, as well as another reviewer, Amy Simpson, both nd that the lm also
revolves around the theme of hope, which is exemplied in the "incorruptible
goodness of Katniss' sister, Primrose".
[128]
She also describes that Peeta Mellark
is "a Christ gure" in the lm.
[129]
Similar to the events in the passion, death, and
resurrection of Jesus, in the Games, Peeta is stabbed and left for dead after saving
Katniss' lifetaking the wound that was initially meant for herand is then
buried in the ground and placed in a cave for three days before emerging with a
new lease on life.
[130]
Moreover, the Christian image of the Bread of Life is used
throughout The Hunger Games; in the lm, Peeta shows up "bearing a warm loaf
of bread", and Katniss slowly comes "back to life".
[131]
A news video starring
Jonathan Morris aired on Fox News discussed the religious themes in the lm
further.
[132]
One reviewer, Fr. Robert Barron, interpreted the lm as "disturbingly
prophetic" that "the instinct for human sacrice is never far from the surface...as
we in the West enter increasingly into a secular, post-Christian cultural space."
[133][134]
In addition, many pastors have written Bible studies discussing the
Christian allegories in the lm.
[135][136]
Precedents in lm and literature
Charles McGrath, writing for The New York Times, said that the lm will remind
viewers of the television series Survivor, a little of The Bachelorette, and of the
short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson published in 1948 by The New
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Yorker.
[137]
David Sexton of The Evening Standard compared The Hunger Games
unfavourably to Kinji Fukasaku's Japanese lm Battle Royale, as did several other
critics;
[84][138][139][140]
the novel had earlier faced criticism for its similarities to
the novel Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.
[141]
Jonathan Looms of The Oxford
Student argues that it is "unfair that the lm is only drawing comparisons with
Battle Royale" but that it "is a veritable pastiche of other movies" as well,
comparing it to The Truman Show, Death Race, the Bourne lms, and Zoolander,
and that it is common for artists to borrow from and "improve on many sources.
Quentin Tarantino has built his career on this principle."
[142]
It reminded an
author at Salon of the 1932 lm The Most Dangerous Game.
[143]
Wheeler Winston Dixon, a lm professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
listed several precedents: Battle Royale, Jackson's "The Lottery", William
Golding's Lord of the Flies, Metropolis, Blade Runner, Death Race 2000, and
George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
[144]
Manohla Dargis in The New York
Times compares it to Battle Royale, Ender's Game, and Twilight, but contrasts
The Hunger Games in terms of how its "exciting" female protagonist Katniss
"rescues herself with resourcefulness, guts and true aim".
[145]
Steve Rose of The
Guardian refers to the lm as "think Battle Royale meets The Running Man meets
Survivor ".
[146]
Writing in The Atlantic, Govindini Murty made a list of touchstones
the lm alludes to, from the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations to
modern references such as the Great Depression, the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, and
reality television.
[147]
For her part, author Collins cites the myth of Theseus,
reality television and coverage of the Iraq War as her inspiration.
[148][149][150]
Controversies
During the lm's opening weekend, controversial statements about various
members of the cast arose, sparking open dialogue about issues of racism, sexism
and unrealistic body image. In a Jezebel article published March 26, 2012, Dodai
Stewart reported that several users on Twitter posted racist tweets, criticizing the
portrayals of Rue, Thresh and Cinna by African American actors.
[151][152]
In a
2011 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Collins stated that while she did not
have any ethnic background in mind for lead characters Katniss and Gale because
the book is written in "a time period where hundreds of years have passed" and
there would be "a lot of ethnic mixing", she explains "there are some characters in
the book who are more specically described", and states that both Rue and
Thresh are African American.
[153]
Lyneka Little of The Wall Street Journal states
that although it is easy to nd bigoted or oensive postings online, "the racist
'Hunger Games' tweets, because they are so shockingly ignorant even by the
standards of the fringes of the internet, have kicked up a storm".
[154]
Fahima
Haque of The Washington Post, Bim Adewunmi of The Guardian, and Christopher
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Rosen of The Hungton Post all reiterate the fact that Rue and Thresh are
described in The Hunger Games as having dark brown skin, as well as Collins'
assertion that they were intended to be depicted as African Americans.
[151][155][156]
Adewunmi remarked that "it comes to this: if the casting of Rue,
Thresh and Cinna has left you bewildered and upset, consider two things. One:
you may be a racistcongrats! Two: you denitely lack basic reading
comprehension. Mazel tov!"
[156]
Erik Kain of Forbes saw the controversy as a way to appreciate the value of free
speech. He states that while society may never be free of racism, "racist
comments made on Facebook and Twitter quickly become public record.
Aggregations of these comments, like the Jezebel piece, expose people for what
they are. Sure, many hide under the cloak of anonymity, but many others cannot
or choose not to. And as the internet becomes more civilized and its denizens
more accountable, this sort of thing carries more and more weight."
[152]
Amandla
Stenberg responded to the controversy with the following statement: "As a fan of
the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family... It was an
amazing experience; I am proud of the lm and my performance. I want to thank
all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and
loyalty."
[157]
Dayo Okeniyi was quoted saying "I think this is a lesson for people to
think before they tweet" and "It's sad... We could now see where society is today.
But I try not to think about stu like that."
[158]
A number of critics expressed disappointment in Lawrence's casting as Katniss
because her weight was not representative of a character who has suered a life
of starvation. Manohla Dargis, in her review of the lm for The New York Times
stated "[a] few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play
Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly gure makes a bad t for a
dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission".
[159]
Todd McCarthy of
The Hollywood Reporter said that in certain scenes, Lawrence displays "lingering
baby fat".
[160]
These remarks have been rebuked by a number of journalists for
pushing unrealistic body image expectations for women.
[161]
L.V. Anderson of Slate states that "[j]ust as living in a world with abundant
calories does not automatically make everyone fat, living in a dystopian world like
Panem with sporadic food access would not automatically make everyone skinny.
Some bodies, I daresay, would be even bigger than Lawrence's."
[162]
Since none
of Lawrence's male co-stars have come under the same scrutiny, Anderson
concludes complaints about Lawrence's weight are inherently sexist.
[162]
MTV
asked for responses from audiences on the controversy and reported that most
found criticism of Lawrence's weight "misguided".
[163]
One response pointed to
Collins' physical description of Katniss in The Hunger Games novel which reads "I
stand straight, and while I'm thin, I'm strong. The meat and plants from the
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woods combined with the exertion it took to get them have given me a healthier
body than most of those I see around me."
[164]
Los Angeles Times writer
Alexandra Le Tellier commented that "[t]he sexist commentary along with the
racist barbs made by so-called fans are as stomach-churning as the lm's cultural
commentary, which, in part, shines a light on the court of public opinion and its
sometimes destructive power to determine someone else's fate".
[165]
Screening of The Hunger Games has been delayed indenitely in Vietnam.
[166]
The lm was to be released on March 30, 2012, but, according to a member of the
Vietnamese National Film Board, the Board considers the lm to be too violent
and unanimously voted for the indenite delay. It is, in fact, banned.
[167]
The lm has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classication (BBFC) in
the UK for "intense threat, moderate violence and occasional gory moments".
[2]
To achieve that rating, Lionsgate had to cut or substitute seven seconds of lm by
"digitally removing blood splashes and the sight of blood on wounds and
weapons".
[168]
In the United States, the movie was granted a PG-13 rating from
the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
[169]
for "intense violent
thematic material and disturbing imagesall involving teens"; as Collins had
originally anticipated.
[170]
There have also been comparisons between The Hunger Games premise of
children killing each other, and the child soldiers of the Lord's Resistance Army
led by Joseph Kony.
[171][172][173]
Accolades
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List of awards and nominations
Award Category
Recipients and
nominees
Result
Virgin Media
Movie Awards
2012
[174]
Most Wanted Movie of
2012
The Hunger Games Won
Next Big Thing of 2012
Josh Hutcherson
Nominated
CinemaCon
Awards 2012
[175]
Breakthrough Performer
of the Year
Won
NewNowNext
Awards 2012
[176]
Next Mega Star
Australians in
Film Awards
2012
[177]
Breakthrough Liam Hemsworth
Golden Trailer
Awards 2012
[178]
Best Action Trailer 2 Nominated
Best Action Poster Teaser Poster Won
Best Action TV Spot Family Nominated
Best Animation/Family
Poster
Final Poster Won
Best Drama TV Spot Big Event Countdown
Nominated
Best Motion/Titel
Graphics
Trailer 1
Best Standee for
Feature Film
Standee
Won
Best Teaser Poster Teaser Poster
Best Thriller Poster Final Poster
Nominated Best Thriller TV Spot Big Event Countdown
Best Wildposts Character Posters
Most Innovative
Advertising for a
Brand/Product
Faux Motion Ad Smile
Away
Won
Most Innovative
Advertising for a
Feature Film
Faux Motion Ad
Cutting Edge
Nominated
Faux Motion Ad Liquid
Skyliner
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MTV Movie
Awards 2012
[179]
Best Cast
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh
Hutcherson, Liam
Hemsworth, Elizabeth
Banks, Alexander
Ludwig, Woody
Harrelson & Lenny
Kravitz
Best Female
Performance
Jennifer Lawrence
Won
Best Fight
Jennifer Lawrence &
Josh Hutcherson vs.
Alexander Ludwig
Best Hero Jennifer Lawrence
Nominated
Best Kiss
Jennifer Lawrence &
Josh Hutcherson
Best Male Performance Josh Hutcherson
Won
Best On-Screen
Transformation
Elizabeth Banks
Breakthrough
Performance
Liam Hemsworth
Nominated
Movie of the Year The Hunger Games
CMT Music
Awards 2012
[180]
Collaborative Video of
The Year
Safe & Sound
Video of the Year
Kerrang! Awards
2012
[181]
Best Film
The Hunger Games
Won
Poptastic Awards
2012
Movie
Movie Actor
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth
Nominated
Movie Actress
Amandla Stenberg
Jennifer Lawrence
Willow Shields
Teen Choice
Awards 2012
[182]
Choice Fashion: Male
Hottie
Liam Hemsworth
Choice Movie Actor:
Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Josh Hutcherson Won
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Choice Movie Actress:
Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Jennifer Lawrence
Choice Movie:
Chemistry
Jennifer Lawrence &
Amandla Stenberg
Choice Movie: Liplock
Jennifer Lawrence &
Josh Hutcherson
Choice Movie Scene
Stealer: Female
Elizabeth Banks Nominated
Choice Movie Scene
Stealer: Male
Liam Hemsworth
Won Choice Movie:
Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Hunger Games
Choice Movie: Villain Alexander Ludwig
Total Film Hotlist
Awards 2012
[183]
Hottest Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Nominated
Hottest Film The Hunger Games
Hottest Newcomer
Male
Liam Hemsworth Won
Hottest Scene Farewell Rue Nominated
Do Something
Awards 2012
[184]
Movie Star: Male
Josh Hutcherson Won
Liam Hemsworth
Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids'
Choice Awards
Mexico 2012
[185]
Pelcula favorita
(Favorite Movie)
The Hunger Games
Artios Awards
2012
[186]
Outstanding
Achievement in Casting:
Big Budget Feature
Drama
Debra Zane & Jackie
Burch
Teen Icon Awards
2012
[187]
Icon of Tomorrow Willow Shields
Iconic Female Star Jennifer Lawrence
Iconic Kiss
Jennifer Lawrence &
Josh Hutcherson
Iconic Male Star Josh Hutcherson
Iconic Movie The Hunger Games
Iconic Movie Actor
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth
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Iconic Movie Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Country Music
Association
Awards 2012
[188]
Musical Event of the
Year
Safe & Sound
BAFTA Children's
Awards 2012
[189]
Feature Film The Hunger Games Won
EW Entertainers
of the Year
2012
[190]
Best Dressed Star Jennifer Lawrence
Nominated
Favorite Movie Actor Liam Hemsworth
Favorite Movie Actress
Jennifer Lawrence
Won
Sexiest Female
Entertainer
New York Film
Critics Circle
Awards 2012
[191]
Best Actress
Nominated
Capricho Awards
2012
[192]
Filme do Ano (Film of
the Year)
The Hunger Games
Melhor Ator
Internacional (Best
International Actor)
Josh Hutcherson
Melhor Atriz
Internacional (Best
International Actress)
Jennifer Lawrence
Billboard.com
Reader's Choice
Polls 2012
[193]
Favorite No. 1 Billboard
200 Album
The Hunger Games:
Songs from District 12
and Beyond
Village Voice Film
Polls 2012
[194]
Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Film The Hunger Games
EDA Awards
2013
[195]
Kick Ass Award for Best
Female Action Star
Jennifer Lawrence
Won
This Year's Outstanding
Achievement by a
Woman in the Film
Industry
Nominated
People's Choice
Awards 2013
[196]
Favorite Action Movie The Hunger Games
Won
Favorite Face of
Heroism
Jennifer Lawrence
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Favorite Movie The Hunger Games
Favorite Movie Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Movie Fan
Following
Tributes Nominated
Favorite Movie
Franchise
The Hunger Games
Won
Favorite On-Screen
Chemistry
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh
Hutcherson & Liam
Hemsworth
Critics' Choice
Awards 2013
[197]
Best Actress in an
Action Movie
Jennifer Lawrence
Golden Globe
Awards 2013
[198]
Best Original Song Safe & Sound Nominated
Santa Barbara
International
Film Festival
2013
[199]
Outstanding
Performance of the Year
Jennifer Lawrence Won
NAACP Image
Awards 2013
[200]
Outstanding Supporting
Actor in a Motion
Picture
Lenny Kravitz
Nominated
Outstanding Supporting
Actress in a Motion
Picture
Amandla Stenberg
Black Reel
Awards 2013
[201]
Best Breakthrough
Performance
Grammy Awards
2013
[202]
Best Country Duo/Group
Performance
Safe & Sound
Best Song Written for
Visual Media
Abraham's Daughter
Safe & Sound
Won
Costume
Designers Guild
Awards 2013
[203]
Excellence in Costume
Design for Film
Fantasy
Judianna Makovsky
Excellence in Fantasy
Film
Nominated
JIM Awards
2013
[204]
Beste Film (Best Film) The Hunger Games Won
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Kids' Choice
Awards 2013
[205]
Favorite Female
Buttkicker
Jennifer Lawrence Nominated
Favorite Movie The Hunger Games Won
Favorite Movie Actress
Jennifer Lawrence
Nominated
Empire Awards
2013
[206]
Best Actress Won
Bravo Ottos
2013
[207]
Super-Kino-Star (Super
Movie Star)
Nominated
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth
Nebula Awards
2013
[208]
Ray Bradbury Award for
Outstanding Dramatic
Presentation
The Hunger Games
Saturn Awards
2013
[209]
Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence Won
Best Science Fiction
Film
The Hunger Games
Nominated
Bram Stoker
Awards 2013
[210]
Superior Achievement
in Screenplay
Gary Ross, Suzanne
Collins and Billy Ray
Hugo Awards
2013
[211]
Best Dramatic
Presentation, Long
Form
The Hunger Games
Constellation
Awards 2013
[212]
Best Female
Performance in a 2012
Science Fiction Film, TV
Movie, or Mini-Series.
Jennifer Lawrence
Best Science Fiction
Film, TV Movie, or
Mini-Series of 2012.
The Hunger Games
Home media
The lm was released in North America and the Netherlands on DVD and Blu-ray
Disc August 18, 2012, and in the rest of Europe on September 3, 2012. Extras
include 'The World is Watching: The Making of The Hunger Games', numerous
featurettes, the propaganda video in its entire form, a talk with the director Gary
Ross and also Elvis Mitchell and a marketing archive.
In its rst weekend on sale, Lionsgate reported that 3.8 million DVD/Blu-ray Disc
copies of the movie were sold, with more than one-third in the Blu-ray Disc
format.
[213]
Three weeks after the release of the movie to home media formats in
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the US, over 5 million DVD units and 3.7 million Blu-ray Disc units have been
sold.
[214][215]
With 7,434,058 units sold, the DVD became the top-selling DVD of
2012.
[13]
Sequels
On August 8, 2011, while still shooting the lm, Lionsgate announced that a lm
adaptation of the second novel in The Hunger Games trilogy, The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire, was scheduled to be released on November 22, 2013.
[216]
In
November 2011, Lionsgate entered negotiations with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy
to adapt the novel for screen, since the post-production schedule for The Hunger
Games was too crowded for Ross and Collins to adapt the next lm as originally
planned.
[217]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire began production in the summer
of 2012.
[218]
Gary Ross will not return for Catching Fire, and instead Francis
Lawrence will direct.
[219][220][221][222]
On May 6, 2012, it was reported that
Michael Arndt was in talks to re-write the script for Catching Fire.
[223]
Arndt
ocially signed on as the new script writer on May 24, 2012.
[224]
The Hunger
Games: Catching Fire began lming September 10, 2012, and concluded
December 21, 2012.
[225]
In July 2012, release dates were conrmed for two lms based on the last book
Mockingjay. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be released November
21, 2014, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be released November
20, 2015.
[226]
Lawrence, Hutcherson, Hemsworth, and Harrelson have all signed
on to the whole franchise.
[3][227]
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