People magazine March 26, 2012

‘The Hunger Games’ to Take a Big Bite Out of the Box Office

People magazine March 26, 2012

People magazine featured Jennifer Lawrence (playing Katniss) on the cover of its March 26 issue.

Jennifer Lawrence is set to bring Katniss Everdeen to life at midnight as the movie industry readies for a record-breaking opening.

It’s time. “The Hunger Games” is set to premiere at midnight, and according to E!, the movie about a dystopian America is already on course for having one of the biggest opening weekends ever. Movie insiders estimate it could bring in somewhere between $100 to $150 million by the end of the weekend.

That’s huge! And hugely expected, given the overwhelming success of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy about children who must fight to the death to win food for their communities. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of sold-out screenings that will unfold over the next few days, so if you were hoping to sneak in for a matinee, you can forget about it.

Perhaps a better place to start would be with the book itself. If you haven’t read “The Hunger Games” trilogy yet, you’re in for a treat. My opinion is in good company, too, as there are more than 23.5 million copies in print in the US alone, with the book already having spent 160 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

There’s still a chance you’re thinking, “It’s just the next ‘Twilight.’” Think again, friends. You will feel no shame reading Collins’ novel. You won’t have to hide it when your spouse walks in the room. You can even freely discuss it in public—in the light of day!

And while the onscreen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s first  vampire book got a sad 49 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, “The Hunger Games” is currently enjoying a well-received 89 percent. That’s thanks in large part to Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence playing 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Fans of the book—and now the film—will have to wait many a new moon for the next film, “Catching Fire” to open November 22, 2013. So do yourself a favor and take some time to enjoy the book series that started it all. And while you wait, may the odds be ever in your favor.

Are you headed to see “The Hunger Games” this weekend?