Kim Kardashian does not have the Avian Flu, but she did catch Mockingjay Fever in Australia. One of the perks of being extremely wealthy, like Kim Kardashian, appears to be that she can watch a sneak peak of the upcoming Hunger Games flick, Mockingjay Part 1, and in Australia, where she is currently on the first leg of a three country tour to promote her latest fragrance, Fleur Fatale. Kim acted as if she was quite impressed with the newest addition to The Hunger Games franchise, captioning an Instagram photo with her statement of how good it is, writing “Mocking Jay was soooooooo good!!!!!!!!!”
Kim Kardashian, 34, wore a turtleneck sweater and had on casual, but sexy-looking, leggings, though not exactly the kind found at one’s local neighborhood Wal-Mart or JC Penney’s. Rather, they were $1,500 Azzedine Alaia leggings.
The Instagram photo that Kim Kardashian posted was of herself was with a cardboard Katniss Everdeen cutout that was in the movie theater in Melbourne, Australia. In the photo, Kim is making a peace sign with her fingers and has her tongue stuck out.
Mockingjay Part 1 is the much-anticipated first half of The Hunger Games trilogy of YA novels that have been made into a very successful movie franchise featuring stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. What is the point of being rich, if one cannot access certain privileges like seeing upcoming blockbuster movies before the rest of the unwashed masses gets to see them?
When Kim Kardashian got a sneak peek at the Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation flick, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in Australia, she may or may not have known that many critics believe it might have the biggest box office debut of any movie so far in 2014. Box office pundits have predicted it might gross, domestically, anywhere from $150 million to $170 million in North America, alone.
If the movie makes anywhere the gross it is expected to make it debut weekend, will be on mark to either meet or beat the weekend debut gross of the first two movies, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In 2012, the first grossed $152.5 million its opening weekend, while the second one, in 2013, had an opening weekend gross of $158 million. So far in 2014, the movie that has had the biggest debut weekend domestically was Transformers: Age of Extinction, which grossed $100 million.
Stock analyst Eric Wold, at B. Riley & Company, expressed a cautious optimism about Mockingjay Part 1, not having the same degree of Mockingjay Fever that Kim Kardashian caught while in Australia. He stressed that, taken by itself, “the opening weekend doesn’t pay the bills.” What pays the bills, he pointed out, is how much the movie grosses “in its entire run.”
The stakes are high on an international level, as well. The initial movie in the series, The Hunger Games, grossed $283 million internationally, and the second movie, Catching Fire, did even better internationally, grossing $440 million. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One will not be released in China until early in 2015.
This year, the overall box office take is down by 3.8 percent over last year, but recent hit movies like Interstellar, Gone Girl, and Big Hero 6 have helped bring up the take considerably. With a strong enough debut weekend, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One might make this year’s box office take about even with that of 2013.
Kim Kardashian may have a bad case of Mockingjay Fever, but fortunately, it is not fatal. She just wanted to check out the latest entry in The Hunger Games franchise with a few friends of hers and bring out her Inner Katniss Everdeen. When the movie officially opens in the United States over the Thanksgiving weekend, it is expected that millions more fans will catch Mockingjay Fever.
Written By Douglas Cobb