THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Tracking to Open at $130 – $150 Million

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Guardians of the Galaxy currently sits as the domestically highest grossing film of 2014 with a total of $328 million, but it will probably lose the crown when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters.  Catching Fire beat out Marvel’s Iron Man 3 last year by raking in $424 million, so unless Mockingjay gets utterly toxic word-of-mouth, it’s probably going to open big on November 21st and stay big through the holiday season.

How big?  THR reports that preliminary tracking is putting the movie on track for a $130 million opening weekend.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2014′s current record holder for opening weekend by reaching $100 million.  It’s worth noting that worldwide box office is where the big money is coming from for studios these days, but a $150 million domestic opening would be nothing to scoff at.  The real test for Mockingjay – Part 1 is whether it can top Age of Extinction‘s $1 billion worldwide gross.  Catching Fire grossed $864 million worldwide.  Hit the jump for the synopsis and latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Final THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer Promises Massive Scope, Dire Consequences

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Lionsgate has released the final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer for the upcoming event film.  Directed by Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence, the film finds Panem’s Capitol fighting an all-out revolution, as Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss prepares for battle in District 13 following the destruction of her home, District 12.  The scope of this thing looks absolutely massive, and while it should be fun to see what Francis Lawrence does with a larger canvas, I do hope that the film maintains the strong character-centric focus that made Catching Fire so satisfying.  Catastrophe and “trailer shots” are neat, but we see countless quantities of them year-round; what the Hunger Games franchise excels at is showcasing Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful lead performance and the camaraderie that surrounds her.  Fingers crossed that continues with Mockingjay.

Watch the final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam ClaflinJena Malone, and Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Empire Covers: Jennifer Lawrence is Ready for the Rebellion

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You thought fighting for your life in the Hunger Games was bad?  In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has to keep herself and her loved ones alive in the midst of a civil war.  No more Capitol issued arena uniforms this time around.  Katniss will be rocking body armor and a brand new bow in the franchise’s third installment and you can see it all on the cover of the December issue of Empire Magazine.

The new edition doesn’t hit stores until Thursday, October 30th, but Empire just unveiled two versions of the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 cover.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Mockingjay – Part 1 arrives in theaters on November 21st and also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam ClaflinJena Malone and Donald Sutherland.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 TV Spot Features Teary-Eyed Josh Hutcherson

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Whether you’re into the non-stop Hunger Games marketing campaigns or not, there’s no denying that Lionsgate knows how to deliver quality promotional material.  At this point, we’ve already seen a teaser trailer, a full-length trailer and a TV spot for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 yet this latest TV spot still rocks some brand new footage and a relatively unique tone.  The film’s promotional push isn’t just laying it all out there to get as many moviegoers into theaters as possible.  Lionsgate is actually taking more of a storytelling-centric approach, having each new piece add a layer to the situation, encouraging viewers to become invested well before the movie even comes out.

Hit the jump to check out the latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot featuring Willow Shields’ Primrose Everdeen, a little encouragement from Elizabeth Banks as Effie and a super sad Josh HutchersonMockingjay – Part 1 is due in theaters on November 21st.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 TV Spot Contains New Footage of Katniss Refusing to Give up the Fight

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Lionsgate has released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot, which contains fresh footage from the upcoming blockbuster.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in Panem while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  We’ve had some huge hits this year, but I’m still putting my money on The Girl on Fire for winning the 2014 box office race, especially since this looks like the biggest Hunger Games movie yet.

Hit the jump to check out the new TV spot.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

The Rebellion Continues with 19 New Images from THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

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Last night, we got a new teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and now we have more images from the upcoming film.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  These new images give us a look not only at our main heroes, but also new supporting characters Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham).

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 images.  The film also stars Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens on November 21st.

Lorde Unveils THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Single “Yellow Flicker Beat”

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Say what you want about young adult book-to-film adaptations, but the large majority of them do come with quality soundtracks.  The Twilight Saga made a point of it, Vampire Academy even has a song selection well worth checking out and The Hunger Games franchise is no different.  For the first Hunger Games film, it was all about Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound,” then Catching Fire got Coldplay’s “Atlas” and now The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

Both “Safe & Sound” and “Atlas” are solid songs and right in line with the Hunger Games tone, but neither ever snagged a spot on a personal playlist.  “Yellow Flicker Beat,” however, just did.  Hit the jump to check out the very first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack.  The film stars Jennifer, Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthWoody Harrelson,  Julianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth BanksNatalie DormerSam Claflin, Jena Malone and Donald Sutherland, and is due to hit theaters on November 21st.

The Rebellion Takes Flight in Full-Length THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer

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Lionsgate has released the full-length The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer for the first half of director Francis Lawrence’s conclusion to the Hunger Games franchise.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  Francis Lawrence surprised the hell out of me with Catching Fire, which I thought was hands-down the best “tentpole” film of last year, and so I have high hopes for his adaptation of Mockingjay (the weakest book of the trilogy).  What strikes me most about this trailer is that the film appears to be in the vein of an action pic, whereas Catching Fire was more of a thriller and the first film was essentially a survival movie.  District 13 isn’t exactly a cinematic location and there’s a lot of bunker-set scenes in the book, so I’m very curious to see what changes have been made in the feature film adaptation.  The pic looks rather epic in scope, and I imagine Mockingjay – Part 1 will be the most intense and largest scale entry in the franchise yet.  Hold on to your butts.

Hit the jump to watch the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer.  The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

Final THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Poster and Trailer Teaser

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The Hunger Games may be over and done with, but that doesn’t mean President Snow (Donald Sutherland) won’t find another way to punish Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) for sparking the rebellion and threatening to topple his regime.  The new trailer isn’t due for another five days, but Lionsgate has released a The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer countdown and in it, Snow warns, “It’s the things we love most that destroy us.”  Based on his tactics in the last two films, that’s basically his M.O., so Prim (Willow Shields), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) better watch out.

On top of that, we’ve also got the final poster for the film.  Mockingjay – Part 1 doesn’t hit theaters until November 21st, so it seems a little early to unleash a final poster now, but we did get those two sets of character posters, so how many more do really need?  Plus, knowing Lionsgate, their marketing team will really ramp things up as we get closer to the release, so better make room for loads of trailers, TV spots, clips and more.  Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 poster and that trailer preview.

Katniss Finally Gets Her Own THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Poster; Plus New Poster for Paul Bettany’s SHELTER

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We’ve got a couple new posters to share.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – We’ve seen two different sets of character posters for the third installment of the Hunger Games franchise (here and here), but neither included one for our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).  However, Lionsgate finally released one for The Girl on Fire.  You can’t see her face in it, but it’s still something.
  • Shelter – We’ve also got a new poster for Paul Bettany’s directorial debut, Shelter.  This one stars Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie as two homeless people living on the streets of New York.  It’s due to screen at TIFF on Friday, September 12th.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 poster as well as the one for Shelter.

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New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Posters Focus on the Revolutionaries of District 13

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Lionsgate has released new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters focusing on key members of the resistance in their home base, District 13: President Coin (Julianne Moore), Finnick (Sam Claflin), Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson).  I like these character posters because while these are the members of the resistance, they’re also behind cold, grey walls.  It’s a signal that while the resistance has a headquarters, they don’t have a sanctuary.

Hit the jump to check out the hi-res The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters.  The film opens November 21st, and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Trailer Description; 30 Capitol Gallery Images

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 may not have a Hall H panel, but Lionsgate certainly went all out ensuring the film still had a presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year.  In conjunction with Samsung, Lionsgate set up the The Capitol Gallery at the Samsung Galaxy Experience right inside the Hard Rock Hotel’s Lounge 207.

It’s a small space, but there’s a lot going on it.  You can grab something to eat at Peeta’s Bakery, take a picture with the Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) holograms, a Peacekeeper and some Capitol citizens as well.  There’s also t-shirt making, a quiz that tells you which District you belong in, a booth where you can etch your name into a Samsung Galaxy case and more.  But that’s not even the best of it; on the second floor of the Hard Rock, there’s also an elaborately dressed screening room of sorts where you can catch the very first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer early on a Galaxy Tab S.  Hit the jump for our trailer description and some photos from the event.

The Rebellion Is Coming in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Comic-Con Poster

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of the biggest panels of Comic-Con 2013, but Lionsgate has decided to forego much of the convention this year.  Instead, they’ve released a The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Comic-Con poster along with their odd promotion to let fans see the new trailer on a Galaxy Tab S.  This Comic-Con poster isn’t anything special in part because it’s confusing.  The Capitol is supposed to stand for carefully designed order, but artist WK Interact just threw together a mishmash of authoritarian imagery like a barcode on a granite wall, and then plastered on the “Mockingjay” emblem as if some citizen was rebelling against a piece of street art.

Hit the jump to check out the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Comic-Con poster.  The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, and Julianne MooreThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Trailer to Debut on Galaxy Tab S at Comic-Con

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In a unique bit of marketing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer will premiere on the Galaxy Tab S at Comic-Con on Friday, July 25th at 12:00pm PT.  Cast members (TBA) will introduce the trailer on the Galaxy Tab S in the Capitol Gallery located in the Samsung Galaxy Experience in San Diego (in the Hard Rock Hotel, corner of 5th and L Streets).  It should be noted that there is no Hunger Games panel this year.  They could have played the trailer on a gigantic screen in Hall H.  Instead, it will premiere on a screen that’s 8.4 inches wide.

Hit the jump for how you can see a preview of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer if you’re not at Comic-Con, what you can get from “The Hunger Games Movie Pack” app, and even how to get a free ticket to see the film.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens November 21st.

New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Teaser Trailer: President Snow’s “Unity” is Interrupted

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Lionsgate has released another The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser trailer for director Francis Lawrence‘s penultimate chapter in the Hunger Games franchise.  The film finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) leading a revolution through the districts to resuce Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and bring down President Snow (Donald Sutherland) once and for all.

Hit the jump to watch the new teaser trailer.  The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, and Julianne MooreThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

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