Be sure to check out eTalk’s full special on Mockingjay: Part 1, which is jam packed with interviews, b-roll footage from the new movie, and much more!
‘Mockingjay Part 1′ Set to Claim the Top Opening of the Year — But Can it Break Box Office Records too?
Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters in the US tomorrow (or even tonight in some markets), and analysts have expectations set high for the film’s opening box office gross. It will certainly open as the top film for the weekend, but can it also top the charts as the biggest opening of 2014? Most experts say that’s a given.
From Variety —
Lionsgate, the studio behind the $1.6 billion-grossing franchise, is staking out a broad range, projecting the film will do between $130 million to $150 million when it bows Friday in 4,151 locations in North America. Most analysts are being bolder and predicting the hotly anticipated sequel will pull in $150 million at a minimum, noting that the previous two chapters both eclipsed that mark. Should the film top $160 million, it will be one of the five best opening weekends of all time.
Whatever the final tally, it will trump the $100 million that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” racked up last June — the year’s previous high-water mark.
“This isn’t one of the top-tier YA series, it’s one of the top-tier series in all of filmdom,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations…
“You could release ‘The Hunger Games’ in early February and have a hit,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “It doesn’t matter where on the calendar it falls. It’s that strong.”
In addition to its U.S. opening, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ will also release day-and-date in 85 international markets. That’s most of the major territories except for China, Japan and India.
“Mockingjay – Part 1″ will keep chugging right through its debut weekend and into the Thanksgiving holidays. It could top box office charts for three consecutive weekends, at least until “Exodus: Gods and Kings” storms into theaters on Dec. 12.
The Hunger Games debuted to a 152.5 million opening in March of 2013, while Catching Fire opened with a 158.1 million weekend just a year ago. If Mockingjay Part 1 can cross the 150 million dollar mark as well it will be the first franchise to have all of its films make an excess of that figure setting a new box office record.
Final box office figures won’t be available til Monday, but we should know estimates by Saturday at the earliest.
This past Saturday, Woody Harrelson hosted Saturday Night Live in New York. From delightful sketches to some surprise appearances by his co-stars (Jen, Liam, and Josh), Woody ruled the night. Now we have some pictures from his promotional photos, to his monologue, to the sketches in which he participated. There are a whole lot of pictures, so we have highlights here and a whole bunch more under the cut!
Check them out:
Pranks are second nature to members of The Hunger Games cast and usually Jennifer is the one dishing it out to the others, but as we see in this interview from ET, the cast certainly knows how to get just as well as she gets them.
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Willow Shields sat down with People Now to answer fan questions and chat about her relationship with Jennifer Lawrence. Check it out below, but be warned if you are avoiding spoilers this interview has the previously released, yet semi-spoilery Katniss/Prim clip at the very beginning of the video.
Sam Claflin sat down with the Ladies on The Talk today to promote Mockingjay Part 1. Well he didn’t just come to talk he brought a brand new clip as well, featuring Katniss and Finnick. He also chatted about how he met his wife (sweetest story ever!) and how he got into Finnick shape.
The full interview is not available separately, but you can check it out as part of the full episode below. The segment begins at the 23:35 mark, and the SPOILERY New Clip begins at 24:19 and ends at 24:51 so AVOID that time frame if you don’t want to see it. We know we’re avoiding it!
Also of note, at 15:29 there is a small discussion on Jennifer Lawrence and how she chose to use IKEA to help furnish part of her house.
If you just want to hear the Hunger Games talk without the chance of seeing the spoiler. Check out this video. (Note this is not the full interview…JUST Hunger Games discussion)
The cast of Mockingjay: Part 1 recently got together to answer a few questions from fans during the #AskMockingjay fan event. There were lots of great questions, including one from DWTC! Grab some popcorn and sit tight, since #AskMockingjay is split into two parts, just like the movie. Enjoy! (P.S. Our question starts at the 8:30 mark of Part 1!)
Elizabeth Banks has debuted her latest episode in her “Ask a Badass” Series and it’s none other than Jennifer Lawrence! Who just happens to be the first female badass to appear on the show. This “interview” is HILARIOUS and one you do not want to miss! Check it out below.
Remember that “mysterious” scene left to be shot for Mockingjay Part 2? Well in a new interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, Francis Lawrence explains why that scene didn’t get completed before the film wrapped, and it was nothing more than mother nature.
The need for spring type weather and the fact that Jennifer once mentioned her nephews might be in the scene certainly solidifies what scene they are referring too. Well that and this quote from Francis in the interview ““We’re going to have a reunion, a little ‘Mockingjay’ reunion,” Awww!! Epilogue anyone?