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The Hunger Games: A new sensation in town

 

The young adult novel ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins has made its way to the silver screen. The picture is expected to create a similar craze among the young movie lovers as the ‘Twilight’ series has.

‘The Hunger Games’ mania is on. Right now the PG-13 movie is the hottest topic in the market.

The movie is expected to make a big splashed opening and get beyond any movies released this year.

But, the big question is, will it make a box-office record?

A few box-office experts say this movie is at least a $125 million deal.

Among them is John Fithian, who is the president of the ‘National Association of Theater Owners’ says the film should open to almost $120 million making it the biggest opening on March in the box-office history.

And if that happens ‘The Hunger Games’ will join an exclusive club of just 19 films which have made an opening worth more than a hundred million dollars.

Distributor Lionsgate released the PG-13 rated film.

The company is having a hard time managing expectations. According to a close and trustworthy source the studio is expecting more than $115 million.

Overall an amount of $100 million was spent on the movie. After a tax incentive, the amount came down to $80 million.

A survey among the audience by a firm named NRG indicates a surprising 92 % awareness rate of the movie. And the rate goes up to an impossible 96 % when it comes to women below 25.

Another impressive fact is that 66% of the people have showed ‘must watch’ interest in the movie. On the other hand 43% have made the movie their ‘first choice’.

‘The Hunger Games’ has gained good words from the critics. The film got a 69 from Metacritic, a 72.1 from Movie Review Intelligence and an impressive 88 from Rotten Tomatoes.

To deal with the massive wave of moviegoers Lionsgate has released the film on almost 10,000 screens at 4,137 locations. And the number is going up every hour.

No other major film is going to be released on this weekend.

The film features Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci and others.

Collins co-written and also co-produced the film. Gary Ross directed the film.

Lionsgate has bought the right to the rest of the trilogy.

The reactions and reviews suggest that the series will be shaking up the screens for a long time.

 

  • Written by Navid Iqbal
  • Category: Movies & TV

Simpsons series to end after 23 years?

Previous salary disputes and the fact that Fox wanted in the past to replace the voice of the current actors with similar voices certinately didn't lead anyone to believe that it will all come down to this.

Two days ago (Monday, October 3) Fox gave this shocking declaration: "We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model."

This time the Fox network planned to cut down the cast salaries by 30% and in exchange to offer a little piece of the back-end profits (comming merchandising and syndication). Reportedly the cast was willing to cut their take to about a third but it seems that this is still not enough for the network. (The Simpsons series voice cast team reportedly makes over $8 million each year, Fox plans to take $4 million each year from leaving the voice cast team with $4 million).

Fox is raking in up to billions from this show alone. We've seen TV salary showdowns like this before, in some the stars have won, in others they didn't.

  • Written by Julius
  • Category: Movies & TV

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