The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell - a competition that could change Panem forever.
Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise continued to gain momentum as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend of North American release and had the biggest digital launch in the Company's history with opening weekend digital sales increasing nearly 40% over the first Hunger Games film.
The record digital performance was driven by #1 openings on all major digital platforms, including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network, among others. Higher-margin Blu-ray titles surged to 50% of all packaged media sales of Catching Fire in its opening weekend compared to 35% of packaged media sales of the first Hunger Games film.Read More
The wait is almost over! In just a few short hours, the biggest movie of 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on Blu-ray and DVD. Before you head to your local retailer to pick up this blockbuster, we have an exclusive interview with Donald Sutherland, who plays the nefarious President Snow. This leader of Panem changes the rules for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, which marks the return of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) to the battle arena, in this adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novel. Watch as Donald Sutherland explains one of his favorite scenes from the sequel, and how President Snow relishes the adversarial relationship he has with young Katniss.
Hailed as "a monumental achievement" (The Playlist), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features a critically-acclaimed cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (Donald Sutherland), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt, 1996), Emmy nominee Elizabeth Banks (TV's 30 Rock), Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, 2009) and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland (Path to War), reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games. The impressive line-up is joined by Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, 2005), Jeffrey Wright (Codeblack Films' The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete), Jena Malone (Into the Wild), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman).Read More
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013 as it grossed an estimated $493,000 last night for an estimated domestic cumulative gross to date of $409.4 million in its first 49 days of release, the Company announced today.
Catching Fire, which set records for the biggest November opening weekend of all time ($158.1 million) as well as the biggest three- and five-day Thanksgiving box office totals ever, has already become the 13(th) highest-grossing North American release in history and remains in wide release. It passed the first Hunger Games film, which grossed $408 million at the domestic box office, on Tuesday and is the fifth fastest film ever to reach the $400 million mark at the domestic box office.Read More
The Hunger Games is poised to be one of the biggest franchises of this decade as the latest installment The Hunger Games: Catching Fire pulls in an estimated $70.5 million from its Friday opening, which includes $25.3 million from Thursday night previews. This is roughly $2.5 million more than the original The Hunger Games earned when it opened in March of 2012 with $67.3 million.
The film currently holds a 98% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and an A rating from audiences taking part in the CinemaScore exit poll. The studio hopes that the film can take the November opening record, with its weekend estimate at over $143 million. 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon holds the current November record with $142.8 million. The second and third spots on the November record books are also held by Twilight movies. While the Twilight movies had higher opening day numbers, the films were unable to hold those numbers throughout the weekend, with audiences falling off steadily between Friday and Monday. Experts do not predict those type of frontloaded weekend numbers from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.Read More