The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second movie release in The Hunger Games phenomena, has become the very first movie that has a lone female lead to the be the year’s number one film since The Exorcist came out to audiences over 40 years ago. It was the top domestic money making film that was released in 2013.
The movie earned over $409 million at the box office and is a truly amazing feat for a movie sequel. This is especially true because distributer Lionsgate indicated in a press release on Friday that this is the very first time that two movies in a franchise have each ended up earning over the $400 million in the United States.
The Hunger Games itself (first movie) made nearly $408 million domestically back in 2012. However, in all fairness, since that movie came out in 1973, there have numerous movies which have stared females in top roles and the films have went on to top the American box office for the year they came out. There was 1978’s Grease with Olivia Newton-John, 1997’s Titanic with Kate Winslet, 2009’s Avatar starring Zoe Saldana, and all the various Harry Potter movies who starred Emma Watson, yet each of these films also had a major male role in a the film as a top protagonist or a co-lead.
Jennifer Lawrence played the lone hero in Catching Fire. Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin and even Josh Hutcherson were there to fill the top supporting roles, but their personal stories of emotion were not followed inside the film like Katniss Everdeen’s was. But actually, The Exorcist is only just barely able to make the grade as a movie that has a single female central character. The horror film began by watching Ellen Burstyn’s character Chris MacNeil’s fright grow over the worsening health of her young daughter Regan, played by Linda Blair. However Burstyn is basically written out of the movie as two priests, the roles filled by Jason Miller and Max von Sydow, enter on the scene and start to begin an exorcism on Regan.
But although Catching Fire’s present total worldwide take is almost $833 million and is a marked improvement over the first Hunger Games, this has not been enough to beat Iron Man 3’s $1 billion international box office gross. Yet, if the next two Hunger Games flicks, 2014’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2015’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, shadow the very same universal course, the awesome franchise could easily become the largest in the entire world.
The Hunger Games has become an international marvel. Its success is a tribute, first of all, to the remarkable vision of the books author Suzanne Collins, the steady hand of Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence, and the amazing performances of the cast being led by the extremely amazing Jennifer Lawrence.
The movie franchise will return again to the movie theaters on Nov. 21, 2014, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was the second movie release in The Hunger Games phenomena, has ended up making cinema history.
By Kimberly Ruble