The Hunger Games Opening Week

“The Hunger Games” directed by Gary Ross was released in theaters earlier this week, and it seems that the general review consensus is… It’s good! It received generally positive reviews from critics. Based on 188 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an 87% “Certified Fresh” rating and an average score of 7.3/10. The film earned an 82% score from ‘Top Critics’. The site’s consensus reads: “Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel”.

Many critics have praised Jennifer Lawrence for her portrayal as Katniss Everdeen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she embodies Katniss, “just as one might imagine her from the novel”.

Eric Goldman of IGN awarded the film four out of five stars, stating that director Gary Ross “gets the tone of The Hunger Games right. This is a grounded, thoughtful and sometimes quite emotional film, with its dark scenario given due weight. Ross doesn’t give the film a glossy, romanticized ‘Hollywood’ feel, but rather plays everything very realistically and stark, as Katniss must endure these outrageous and horrible scenarios.” The film received a slight amount of criticism for its shaky camera style, but it was said to “add to the film in certain ways.” Both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were praised for their portrayals as Katniss and Peeta, and Goldman also drew attention to the role reversal of sorts between the male and female leads, as well as the fact that Lawrence is taller than Hutcherson, which is rare in such films. Katniss is seen as more of a “classic hero figure” and Peeta is the one who needs to be protected. Ross was criticized due to his lack of experience with action films, but in general, Goldman felt that viewers would enjoy the film regardless of whether they had read the book.

Box Office: On February 22, 2012, The Hunger Games broke records for advanced ticket sales on Fandango. The sales were reported to be 83 percent of the site’s totals, toppling the previous record-holder, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which set a record on May 14, 2010. In the week leading up to its release, the film sold-out over 4,300 showings via Fandango and The film earned $19.7 million in midnight showings, which was the highest midnight gross ever for a non-sequel film and the seventh highest midnight gross of all-time

I will be seeing the film sometime this weekend 🙂 and now I’m feeling more excited about it (>”)>!!!<(“<)

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