This Friday premieres one of the most anticipated movies of the year as the final movie of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay pt 2, is set to come out. The movie series has made over $1 billion at the box office and is poised to crush records this weekend. The first movie, almost set the record for consecutive weeks at #1, going five straight weeks at the top until The Avengers knocked it out of the top spot. It currently holds the highest weekend total for March and for a Spring release.
Catching Fire did what the title states. It caught fire. The movie exploded at the box office and currently sits at the top of the top rated movie for the series with a 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This was the movie that took over the slot that Twilight vacated after the final movie came out and showed the series what a real box office looks like. The movie premiered with $158 million. The movie currently holds the highest box office opening for Thanksgiving and in November. It also would go on to be the biggest box office for 2013.
The first part of the final book didn’t fare so well (as did the first part of the other two movies that split the final book). Despite making the lowest box office of the series, it had the biggest opening weekend in 2014 with $121.8 million and had the second largest box office of the year, behind American Sniper. The movie didn’t do as well as expected, but did set up for a giant finale.
Below is a recap of the first four movies to help get you ready for the final movie.
The Hunger Games
Best scene: Katniss burying Rue
Box Office: $408 million
Plot Summary: In the first movie that launched the worldwide phenomenon, Katniss comes from a poor district (12) and volunteers as tribute for her sister who gets picked (“I volunteer as tribute” has now becomes the go-to quote when people volunteer for things). She gets picked with the boy who essentially saved her and her family’s life when he gave her bread. This makes killing him a rather tough choice.
During the training, she makes some enemies in District 1 and 2 tributes (especially Cato) because they see her as a threat. But she does get one friend in little 10 year old Rue. Katniss quickly puts a target on her back with the capital as she questions the whole games in front of everyone (she went so far to shoot an apple that a pig had its mouth during her showcase). Snow knew that she could spark a revolution.
During the games, Katniss is on her own, after thinking that Peeta betrayed her. She is able to survive a few days but when the Gameskeeper decides to up the ante she finds herself fighting a bigger enemy. After losing Rue (probably one of the saddest scenes you will see in the first three movies), she is more determined to win then ever just to spite the capital. She helps save Peeta until there is only 3 remaining. In the final showdown with them and Cato, they beat him together but Seneca throws them a curveball. Despite the fact he said two can win if from the same district, he takes it back to only one.
Enter berries (aka the match).
Knowing that the capital wouldn’t allow it, Katniss and Peeta pretend (or at least she does) to eat poisonous berries which prompts Seneca to let them both win.
Let the fire of the revolution begin.
Best scene: The tributes holding hands during interviews
Box Office: $424 million
Plot summary: in the second movie, Katniss and Peeta deal with the consequences of their actions from the games while suffering from PTSD. Peeta is feeling hurt because he found out that Katniss pretended to love him and Gale tries to help Katniss adjust while taking this time to put the moves on her. As if she didn’t have enough on her plate right now.
Snow tries to diminish the fire but may have just added fuel as his deal with Katniss doesn’t pan out. To punish her, he sends her and Peeta back to the games along with other victors.
The victors of course are angry with returning but those who were broken like the chance to kill again. Peeta and Katniss try to make alliances with people that will keep them alive, which include Johanna and Finnick.
During the games, Katniss starts to see that this whole thing is bigger then her. She almost loses Peeta and their time in there forces her to look at him differently, but it might be too little too late.
We get twist after twist as we see that Finnick and Johanna were part of the alliance of most of the victors to keep Katniss and Peeta alive so that she could lead the rebellion. Peeta’s life was just as important as Haymitch knew that if Peeta died she would have broke.
As the movie comes to an end, Katniss breaks the arena and the rebellion war begins. She is angry that The Capital takes Peeta but when she learns of District 12’s fate, she sees how big this thing is.
Mockingjay pt 1
Best scene: Katniss visiting the victims
Box Office: $337 million
Plot Summary: In the first half of the book, Katniss continues to suffer from PTSD. She is depressed about what happened to Peeta and Gale tries to fill the void, unsuccessfully.
With the help of Haymitch and Effie, Katniss agrees to be the Mockingjay but with conditions. These conditions include saving Peeta and giving the victors immunity. Coin reluctantly agrees.
The propaganda begins.
The media war continues between Snow and Katniss while each side prepares for the inevitable war. Snow works his secret weapon Peeta again Katniss while she continues sparking the rebellion in the districts.
When it comes time for them to break out the victors, they found it was a little too easy. Come to find out Peeta was brainwashed against Katniss and Johanna was tortured. Katniss never wanted Snow’s head more. This leads to the big battle in the final movie.
Mockingjay pt 2
The final movie is poised to dominate the box office opening weekend and rightfully so. Following in the footsteps of Harry Potter and Twilight, the final movie was split into two parts. This movie is expected to have a lot of action as Katniss and District 13 prepare for war against the Snow. Like Harry Potter the movie will begin with a wedding as they celebrate love before they go to war.
If you are a fan of the book, you know what is going to happen in this movie so you have those scenes that you are excited to see. Some of them being the final show down between Katniss and Snow and of course the big twist of the series. You have probably been preparing yourself for final movie like every other fan and you are mentally prepared for what this movie is going to be throwing at you.
If you are a fan of the movie, you will need to strap yourself in for the roller coaster ride that is sure to be this movie. Make sure you are prepared to have your mind blown, because the second half of the book is mind blowing. There is a lot of fighting and with war comes death (this is not a spoiler, it’s a proven fact).
The movie is going to tie up all the important loose ends while giving the fans a satisfying ending. Francis Lawrence has been talking about the final scene of the movie for some time and it sounds like it will be like how Harry Potter ended, with that somber feeling. As a fan of the series, this is very good news.
Are you excited about seeing the movie?