We had previously reported the first set of tracking records indicate “The Hunger Games” could open bigger than “Twilight” in USA box office sales.
New set of tracking record is in and Lionsgate marketing is evidently working for The Hollywood Reporter reports experts are now predicting “The Hunger Games” could possibly open bigger than “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1” US $138.1 million debut back in November 2012.
This is certainly great news for do keep in mind when “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1” was released, it had already established its fanbase which is unlike “The Hunger Games” where it’s the first movie of what could be the launch of a new franchise.
Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter has to say:
Hunger Games, which opens March 23, is even tracking better than The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. That film opened in November to US$138.1 million, the fifth-best debut of all time domestically, but had the advantage of bowing the weekend before Thanksgiving, when some kids are out of school.
Box-office observers say it’s difficult to predict exactly how much Hunger Games will make, offering a more conservative estimate of US$100 million to US$120 million. They say it’s difficult to predict a number when tracking becomes this big and a film gets into the US$100 million-plus range.
Hunger Games certainly has a shot at taking the crown for best March opening from Alice in Wonderland, which debuted to US$116.1 million in 2010.
Tracking data released Monday showed definite interest in Hunger Games jumping from 55 percent to 60 percent in the past week, awareness went from 75 percent to 83 percent, unaided awareness from 14 percent to 21 percent and awareness from 75 percent to 83 percent.
“Numbers don’t get much higher than this,” said one rival studio executive. “Hunger Games is tracking like a sequel, even though it isn’t a sequel. It’s three times higher than the first Twilight.”
Interest among younger women in Hunger Games is now at 45 percent, compared with 36 percent for Breaking Dawn. Among female over the age of 25, interest is 29 percent, versus 27 percent for Breaking Dawn.
One advantage that Hunger Games has over Summit Entertainment’s blockbuster Twilight franchise is male interest.
Monday’s tracking showed that Interest in Hunger Games among males younger than 25 was a healthy 28 percent, compared to 10 percent for Breaking Dawn. Interest among males over 25 was 20 percent, versus 8 percent for the fourth Twilight film.
“These are huge, stupid numbers,” one box-office observer said.
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Outlook for “The Hunger Games” movie is certainly rosy and we can’t wait to see the numbers for “The Hunger Games” box office sales in USA, locally as well as worldwide!
According to an exclusive from Deadline, first set of tracking numbers for “The Hunger Games” has arrived and they are looking great! “The Hunger Games” movie is predicted to possibly open to US$70+ million in box office sales which is bigger than “Twilight” debut weekend box office sales of US$69.6 million back in 2008.
“The Hunger Games” movie first set of tracking numbers:
With 23% ‘First Choice’ and 54% ’Definite Interest’, those are numbers every film studio can only dream about. One studied provided me with a guesstimate that the first film based on the Suzanne Collins bestselling books could open to $70+M — which would make this bigger than the the Twilight debut. “It’s every bit as strong As Twilight and, numerically, stronger,” one rival studio told me this morning. Seasonality may play a factor because The Hunger Games is opening in March, not summer. “But the numbers, while they definitely skew to young females, look strong across all quadrants.” Said another studio: “It’s a great start.”
What exactly are tracking numbers?
The Daily Beast has a great explanation on this commonly used tactic in Hollywood to survey public interest for a movie.
The audience studies are called “tracking” reports, and they have become the crystal ball for movie marketing. Three times a week, a Los Angeles organization called the National Research Group (some studios use L.A.’s rival research firm, MarketCast) telephones about 400 random Americans, asking them not only what movies they are aware of, but also which they intend to pay to see. The data is sorted demographically into six different age brackets (the youngest is 12-16 and the oldest 45-59, as the senior set apparently doesn’t count), with additional categories for gender and race. Every new movie in wide release pops up on the surveys three weeks before its debut. In the final days before the movie opens, NRG estimates its first weekend’s box office. Each studio spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year paying for the surveys, scrutinizing the votes the way the Gore team did Florida ballots.
The numbers are invaluable because they reveal who is interested in a movie and, more important, who isn’t. That data then determines how advertising money should be spent, and whether new commercials should be deployed.
Based on these first set of tracking numbers, things are certainly looking good for “The Hunger Games”! We can only hope public interest and awareness for “The Hunger Games” movie will continue to grow as we are only 20 days from release of “The Hunger Games” movie in Singapore and 21 days away in USA!
‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.
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We had read Josh Hutcherson’s reactions on Twitter after watching “The Hunger Games” movie.
It appears Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark in the movie, is not the only one who had already seen the completed “The Hunger Games” movie.
Suzanne Collins, the author of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, has just revealed through an open letter from official “The Hunger Games” trilogy Facebook page operated by Scholastic on her thoughts about “The Hunger Games” movie after watching it.
I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.
Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.
And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.
So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.
I hope you enjoy the film!
Looks like Suzanne Collins is certainly very pleased with the final product! As we know, Suzanne Collins is very much involved during the production process of “The Hunger Games” movie by collaborating with Gary Ross for the screenplay while she is also listed as an executive producer for “The Hunger Games” movie.
22 March 2012 can’t arrive sooner enough for us!
‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.
We know that Suzanne Collins, author of ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy, is incredibly involved in the production process of ‘The Hunger Games’ movie according to news reports. She had written the screenplay with Gary Ross by working on a draft Billy Ray did for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie and it appears she will do so for ‘Catching Fire’ except that it’s with Oscar winning scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy along with Gary Ross. Suzanne Collins had also attended castings way back then before ‘The Hunger Games’ started filming.
However, even though Suzanne Collins appears to be very active in ‘The Hunger Games’ production process, fans couldn’t help but wondering how much say she has and also to what extent is she working with Lionsgate and Color Force to produce ‘The Hunger Games’ movie.
While ‘The Hunger Games’ new poster featuring Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark was released during middle of December last year, many fans have missed an important detail. In the fine prints on the poster, Suzanne Collins (boxed in red) is listed as an executive producer along with Robin Bessell and Louise Rosner.
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What do you think of Suzanne Collins being an executive producer for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie? Sound off in the comments below!
‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.
Remember our last report when Scholastic revealed the covers for “The Hunger Games” movie tie-in novel, “The Hunger Games Tribute Guide” and “The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion” but failed to do so for “The World of The Hunger Games”?
Scholastic has finally revealed the covers for “The World of The Hunger Games”! Check it out after the jump!
While we had reported that the author for “The World of The Hunger Games” is Kate Egan and Suzanne Collins might possibly be not involved in the writing process, Scholastic has confirmed that they had worked closely with Suzanne Collins, the author of “The Hunger Games” trilogy during the writing process of “The World Of The Hunger Games”!
The World of the Hunger Games is the official, richly illustrated, full-color guide to all the districts of Panem, all of the participants in The Hunger Games, and the life and home of Katniss Everdeen. A must-have for fans of both the Hunger Games novels and the new Hunger Games film! Written by members of the Scholastic editorial team who work closely with Suzanne Collins, all of the content in The World of The Hunger Games and the other official tie-ins has been approved by Suzanne Collins (who also has contributed some additional material of her own via interviews!).
We don’t know about you but we sure can’t wait for it to be released!
“The Hunger Games” movie tie-in novel is priced at S$ S$23.10 while “The Hunger Games Tribute Guide” is priced at S$13.32. Both books are available for pre-orders on BookWeb Singapore. Besides that, “The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion” is ready for pre-order on BookWeb Singapore and it is priced at S$31.67 while “The World of The Hunger Games” is also ready for pre-order and is priced at S$30.00 .
“The Hunger Games” movie tie-in novel, “The Hunger Games Tribute Guide” and “The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion” will hit bookstores in US on February 7, 2012. “The World of The Hunger Games” which the cover is not shown here will be released on March 23, 2012, in US, which is on the same day as the USA release date for “The Hunger Games” movie.
‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.
Lionsgate has officially confirmed filming for “The Hunger Games” has ended through a press release via Lionsgate™ Publicity website.
Part of the official press release is as below.
THE HUNGER GAMES IS A WRAP
Close Of Principal Photography Confirmed
SANTA MONICA, CA (September 15, 2011) – LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, today announced the close of principal photography on the highly anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ runaway bestselling novel The Hunger Games. Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012. The film is the first in a series that Lionsgate is making based on the book trilogy that has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Filmed entirely in North Carolina, the locations spanned from a dense forest in which the arena that hosts the games themselves was created to a town that stood in for Katniss’ home, District 12, to a sound stage that was the platform for the fantastical sights and sounds of The Capitol, the futuristic capital city of the nation of Panem. Principal photography on the 84 day production began on May 23rd.
The film pairs Oscar® nominee Jennifer Lawrence (WINTER’S BONE, X-MEN FIRST CLASS) with Josh Hutcherson (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT) and Liam Hemsworth (THE LAST SONG) in the key young adult roles. Rounding out the cast is a who’s who of acclaimed adult actors: Oscar® nominee Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Oscar® nominee Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley and Toby Jones.
“It has been an absolute thrill watching THE HUNGER GAMES, a project that has truly become part of Lionsgate’s DNA since our acquisition of the book in 2009, come to life. What I observed on set was impressive on every level, and reinforced my confidence that we have assembled precisely the right team to bring Suzanne Collins’ brilliant novel to the big screen,” said Joe Drake, Lionsgate’s co-COO and Motion Picture Group President.
Although the intensely anticipated sets were closed to press and visitors, Lionsgate and the filmmakers were able to reach out and touch the incredibly eager fans several times during the production process.
Lionsgate debuted the central cast trio through two Entertainment Weekly covers, featuring Jennifer Lawrence in character as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in character as Peeta and Gale. It marked the first time that a studio has revealed a principal cast of film characters on sequential national magazine covers.
Winners of “The Ultimate Hunger Games Fan Sweeps,” a global contest where fans entered to win the opportunity to be flown to the set of THE HUNGER GAMES, was the one exception to the film’s closed set policy. In mid August, five winners from around the world and their guests got a glimpse of the sets, observed the filming of a scene and met the cast.
A heavily promoted first look at footage from the film debuted on MTV’s 2011 Video Music Awards on August 28th. The show attracted MTV’s biggest audience in the network’s history with a record-breaking 12.4 million total viewers.
About THE HUNGER GAMES
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 12 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.
Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.
Of course this does not means Lionsgate will stop with the production of “The Hunger Games”. They will no doubt move on with the post-production which involves many long and tedious hours of editing the clips and sounds, making and adding CGI, creating and incorporating the music etc.
However, it also means we are yet again one step closer to the completion of “The Hunger Games”!
As Hunger Games Singapore has only officially started up not long ago, many interesting and exciting news have already been released to the public. Fret not! We will be presenting you news that you might have missed and you should totally know about while we present to you the latest news.
Back in August 9, 2011, the official The Hunger Games Movie Facebook Page managed by Lionsgate revealed that the release date for “Catching Fire”, the sequel to “The Hunger Games”, is November 22, 2013. No word is stated about the release date for “Catching Fire” in Singapore though.
The offical press release for “Catching Fire” movie from Lionsgate is as below.
WORLD TO CATCH FIRE NOVEMBER 22, 2013
CATCHING FIRE – FILM BASED ON SECOND BOOK IN THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES TO UNSPOOL WORLDWIDE
Santa Monica, CA, August 08, 2011– LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that it will release CATCHING FIRE, the film adaptation of the second book in Suzanne Collins’ runaway bestselling HUNGER GAMES trilogy, on November 22, 2013. The announcement was made by Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate and President of its Motion Picture Group. No further details about CATCHING FIRE have been confirmed at this stage.
Said Drake of the date, “The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal. The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.”
THE HUNGER GAMES is currently in production and will be released on March 23, 2012. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Alli Shearmur, President of Development and Production at Lionsgate, is overseeing the production on behalf of the studio. There are more than 12 million copies of all three books in The Hunger Games trilogy in print in the U.S.
For further information, contact:
Lionsgate – Corporate Inquiries
Peter D. Wilkes
It’s incredibly rare to see the sequels being greenlit before the first movie is released. It was expected that Lionsgate will look at the box office for “The Hunger Games” before deciding if they shall greenlit “Catching Fire”. The fact that they had greenlit “Catching Fire” before “The Hunger Games” is released speaks volumes on how much confidence Lionsgate has in “The Hunger Games” in regarding to being a success.
What do you think of this? Are you excited that “Catching Fire” is already greenlit? Do tell us in the comments below!
With the release of “Mockingjay”, the last book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy, on August 24, 2010, many fans are no doubt hoping for perhaps another book to the trilogy or something new The Hunger Games related while we wait for “The Hunger Games” to arrive in theatres and cinemas alike in March 12, 2012. Though it seemed highly unlikely for another book to “The Hunger Games” trilogy as Suzanne Collins seems to be pretty adamant “M0ckingjay” will be the last book with the very final feeling in the ending, there’s hope for new materials about “The Hunger Games” trilogy after all!
In a press release back in June 16, 2011, Scholastic has announced four “The Hunger Games” books to be released.
The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition ($30, November 2011, ISBN: 978-0-545-40577-5) will be published in November 2011 and will include a special slipcase featuring exclusive new mockingjay artwork. The three movie tie-in titles include The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-In Edition ($12.99, February 2012, ISBN: 978-0-545-42511-7), The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion ($18.99, February 2012, ISBN: 978-0-545-42290-1) and The World of The Hunger Games ($17.99, February 2012; ISBN: 978-0-545-42512-4), all to be published in February 2012 in advance of the much-anticipated March 2012 feature film release.
On August 18th, 2011, a Tracy van Straaten from VP of Trade Publicity revealed “The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition” cover as well as what it will contain on Scholastic Inc. official blog.
The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition (November 2011, $30) by Suzanne Collins will feature an elegant foil slipcase featuring all-new Mockingjay artwork, the bestselling original novel with a cloth cover, foil stamping, and deckled edges.
Will you be getting it? Leave a comment below to tell us!
As for now, no other information are given about “The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-In Edition”, “The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion” and “The World of The Hunger Games”. Is it just me or does “The World of The Hunger Games” sounds like a possible encyclopedia about The Hunger Games world? Perhaps more background story or details on Panem? I guess only time will tell.
Meanwhile, as “The Hunger Games” trilogy is getting popular with the buzz and anticipation for “The Hunger Games” movie increasing, unauthorized books related to “The Hunger Games” trilogy are on the rise.
The first would be “The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy” edited by Leah Wilson. There are 13 articles in total and the contributors are Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston and Sarah Darer Littman.
Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.
In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy’s darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection’s exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss’ world really is.
• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems?
• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
• Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself?
• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history—and what can we?
The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.
“The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy” edited by Leah Wilson was released on April 5, 2011 and you can already find it in local bookstores such as Kinokuniya and Borders.
Another unauthorized book would be “The Hunger Games Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series” by Lois H. Gresh.
The ultimate companion guide to the blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy
For all those who adore Katniss and Peeta, and can’t get enough, this companion guide to the wildly popular Hunger Games series is a must-read and a terrific gift.
Go deeper into the post-apocalyptic world created by Suzanne Collins than you ever thought possible—an alternative future where boys and girls are chosen from twelve districts to compete in “The Hunger Games,” a televised fight-to-the-death. When sixteen-year-old Katniss learns that her little sister has been chosen, Kat steps up to fight in her place—and the games begin. This unauthorized guide takes the reader behind the stage.
The Hunger Games Companion includes fascinating background facts about the action in all three books, a revealing biography of the author, and amazing insights into the series’ main themes and features–from the nature of evil, to weaponry and rebellions, to surviving the end of the world. It’s everything fans have been hungering for since the very first book!
This book is not authorized by Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Press or anyone involved in the Hunger Games movie.
“The Hunger Games Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series” by Lois H. Gresh is scheduled to be release on November 8, 2011.
If you are a fan of food, then you will certainly be interested in this unauthorized book. “The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to “Groosling” – More than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy by Emily Ansara Baines is scheduled to be release on December 1, 2011.
Expect to see more “The Hunger Games” trilogy related unauthorized books in the future as “The Hunger Games” movie gains more popularity and awareness around the world.
Meanwhile, if you do happen to spot anything in Singapore that reminds you of The Hunger Games trilogy, do take a photo and send it to us at HungerGamesSingapore@gmail.com! Do remember to include your name and where you had spotted it! We will post it on our SEEN IN SINGAPORE : The Hunger Games Edition segment. If you have missed our very first post in this segment, don’t forget to check it out here!