Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth pose together as they kick off The Hunger Games U.S. Mall Tour at Westfield Century City on Saturday (March 3) in Los Angeles.
Lionsgate’s film adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel should have no trouble at least matching the $70 million debut of the first “Twilight.”
Initial tracking for The Hunger Games — the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel — is so strong that box-office observers, along with exhibitors, believe the Lionsgate movie could approach $100 million in its domestic debut.
Headlining Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, Hunger Games is sparking the same sort of prerelease interest as the blockbuster Twilight franchise, though that book-to-film series was fueled largely by females.
Hunger Games has the advantage of appealing to more males than Twilight did, though the strongest quadrant for Hunger Games is females younger than 25, according to tracking. That’s followed by older women, younger males and older males.
The first Twilight debuted to nearly $70 million in November 2008.
“There’s no doubt about it, more males will show up for Hunger Games,” one rival studio executive said.
Gary Ross directed Hunger Games, with Nina Jacobson producing.
Check out the latest cover for the Entertainment Weekly magazine.
It features a new shot of a Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games movie, as well as some sidebar pictures of Effie, Peeta, Cinna, Haymitch and Gale.
According to part of the behind the scenes feature, the director Gary Ross explains that The Hunger Games is violent and doesn’t “back off” from what it is.
It also talks about the controversy surrounding Lenny Kravitz taking on the role of Cinna.
Kravitz was working on his album, living out of a trailer in the Bahamas and oblivious to the Hunger Games phenomenon, when Ross first approached him to offer him the part. The director had been moved by the musician’s gentle grace in Precious and was further intrigued by the fact that Kravitz already felt a nurturing bond with star Jennifer Lawrence, who had become close friends with his daughter Zoe during the filming of X-Men: First Class. “I love that girl,” says Kravitz. “The minute I met her she became a part of the family.”
The EW Magazine hits the stands on March 2.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth sign autographs for fans at the William Morris Endeavor Pre-Oscar party, February 24
Country / Date
India 10 February 2012 (World Premiere)
Singapore 1 March 2012
USA 4 May 2012 (limited)
Lithuania 18 May 2012
Brazil 25 May 2012
Germany 31 May 2012
Austria 1 June 2012
Finland 1 June 2012
UK 1 June 2012
Sweden 8 June 2012
Russia 14 June 2012
Italy 15 June 2012
Belgium 20 June 2012
Portugal 21 June 2012
South Africa 22 June 2012
Argentina 28 June 2012
Denmark 28 June 2012
Netherlands 28 June 2012
France 5 September 2012
Also Known As (AKA)
LOL – Solo quando rido Italy (imdb display title)
LOL: Laughing Out Loud USA (working title)
LOL: Made in USA France (imdb display title)
Rindo à Toa Brazil (imdb display title)
Today something very exciting happened in The Hunger Games world– Lionsgate took a stand with Feeding America to work towards ending hunger in our world:
Hunger affects nearly a billion people, more than the populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union – combined. This means 1 in every 7 people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight, many of whom are children.But together, we have the power to turn that around.
Whether young or old, male or female – hunger doesn’t discriminate. When it comes to children and hunger, the effects can be irreversible. Without the right nutrition, millions of children will never have a chance at a bright future.
That’s why the Hunger Games, the World Food Programme, and Feeding America have teamed up against hunger. For as little as $5, we can provide a child with a nutritious meal in school for an entire month. School meals mean that more kids – especially girls – are enrolled in school and stay in school, giving them the chance to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
If you’re in the US…
Your donation will be processed by WFP USA. 25% of your gift will be directed to Feeding America to support those who are food insecure (1 in 6 Americans). Your donation is tax-deductible.
If you’re outside the US…
Your donation will be processed by the World Food Programme, supporting school meals programmes all around the world. Donations are tax-deductible for residents of Canada, the Netherlands, and South Korea.