What an interesting clash of cultures. Katniss Everdeen, butt-kicking savior of Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ stands for independence, self-sacrifice and survival under harsh conditions. Barbie, the iconic Mattel toy, stands for bathing suits, nightgowns and flirting with Ken. Can the two ideals intertwine?
The Hunger Games
For the third week in a row, the odds remained firmly in the favor of 'The Hunger Games,' which stayed number one at the box office and made crossing the coveted $300 million mark look as easy as snapping a child's neck in a man-made arena for an audience of millions. If watching the box office is to movie fans what performance stats are to sports fans, we can safely call 'The Hunger Games' a star athlete. With little blockbuster competition standing in its way until 'The Avengers' hits on May 4, $400 million is looking more and more likely.
Yesterday, we reported that director Gary Ross was officially and definitively off the 'Hunger Games' sequel, 'Catching Fire.' Now, it's being reported that he's not out of the running quite yet. Now we can stop playing the "who will direct 'Catching Fire'?" game and go back to the "will Gary Ross return to Panem?" game.
There's a new rule in Hollywood: if you make a franchise picture, you're going to be signed to a multiple-picture contract. For Jennifer Lawrence, it may have been the price to pay for both 'X-Men: First Class' and 'The Hunger Games.' Who knew both would generate sequels? There was squabbling between 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate about who could have her first for their sequels, but it seems that argument is over. 'X-Men: First Class 2' (or whatever it's called) will start shooting in January.
You too, Lionsgate? It looks like Gary Ross is going to have to really fight the studio to direct 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' if he wants to return for the sequel. After doing such a wonderful job with 'The Hunger Games,' it's sad to see that Lionsgate isn't particularly keen on signing up the film's writer/director to the sequel right away. The question is, Why are they so hesitant to bring the seasoned director back on board?
Would it be lazy to open this edition of the Weekend Box Office Report with some kind of joke about the wily huntress Katniss Everdeen besting the mighty demigod Perseus in a battle to the death? Possibly. Probably. Still, the numbers don't lie: 'The Hunger Games' made $61 million dollars over the weekend, bringing its two week total to just over $250 million. That sophomore week gross is almost identical to what 'Clash of the Titans' debuted to back in 2010, making 'Wrath of the Titans's $34 million opening look all the more embarrassing.
In the blockbuster film 'The Hunger Games,' Jennifer Lawrence plays heroine Katniss, a young woman who lives in a post-apocalyptic world where food is doled out by social class. And while many critics have praised the performance, a few have said Lawrence herself wasn't quite slender enough to look the part.
As the oft-repeated story goes, the initial inspiration for 'The Hunger Games' was a night of channel surfing, during which author Suzanne Collins began to blur together reality television and news coverage of the Iraq War. But this doesn't mean her books, nor the films adapted from them, are really about that specific conflict or necessarily tied to the modern tastes of spectators and the entertainment currently catered to them. Is 'The Hunger Games' really a metaphor for anything at all?