5 – The Hunger Games (2012)

I had not read the book yet and I want to review the movie solely in its content and appeal as a movie. I’m not the type of person who would endlessly compare the two platforms: book, and movie because in my opinion, books and movies are two completely different platforms, and some scenes in the book just do not translate well in the screens. But I’m still going to read the book, and I won’t look for any inconsistencies that’s just an amateur way of reviewing a narrative. I would rather take on its complexity and the message it wants to deliver and whether the message is rightfully sent across. 

The film  marked a remarkable trifecta in its opening weekend charting No.1 on books sold, albums sold (Billboard 200, and movie tickets sold. Kudos to the creative team behind this titanic movie! In my opinion it can be considered as one of the most iconic films ever made as it soared to the box-office charts.In its opening weekend (Released: March 23 in North America), it opened to a massive $ 155 million, trailing behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”, and “The Dark Knight”  making it the 3rd movie with the highest opening weekend of all time. Also, it bagged the highest non-sequel opening weekend ever and the highest March opening ever. Other Hunger Games records include the highest debut single day for a non-sequel ever, and the highest opening of all time outside of the Summer blockbuster season, and the 5th highest opening day ever (Deadline Holywood). It’s also on over 50 magazine covers.


Runtime: 2hrs 22min (Box Office Mojo)

Production Budget: $78 million (Box Office Mojo)

Grosses (Box Office Mojo – as of Apr 2, 2012)
   North America:
Foreign: $115,000,000   31.2%
Worldwide: $368,006,396