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The Hunger Games

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  • 1. THE HUNGER GAMES
  • 2. PRODUCTION  In March 2009, Lions Gate Entertainment e n t e r e d i n t o a c o - p r o d u c t i o n a g r e e me n t for The Hunger Games with production company Color Force.  A l l i S h e a r mu r a n d J i m M i l l e r , P r e s i d e n t a n d Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production at Lionsgate, took charge of o v e r s e e i n g t h e p r o d u c ti o n o f t h e f i l m .  L i o n s g a t e s u b s equ ent l y a c q u i r e d t a x b r e a k s of $8 million for shooting the film in North Carolina. The production was eventually brought in under-budget at $78 million.  Suzanne Collins adapted the novel for film herself in collaboration with screenwriter Billy R a y a n d d i r e c t or G a r y R o s s .  The screenplay remains extremely faithful to the original novel.
  • 3. FILMING  Gary Ross became director in November 2010.  F i r e ma n 's F u n d I n s u r a n c e C o m p a n y i n s u r e d t h e production.  Lawrence dyed her blonde hair dark for the p a r t o f K a t n i s s . S h e a l s o u n d e r w e n t e x t e n si v e training to get in shape for the role, including archery, rock and tree climbing, combat, running, parkour, and yoga.  With an initial budget of $75 million , principal photography began near Brevard in Transylvania County in Western North Carolina in May 2011 and concluded on September 15, 2011, with a final budget reported as between $90 and $100 million, reduced to $78 million after subsidies.  F o r b e s m a g a z i n e e s t i m a t e d t h a t t h e s t a t e e c o n o my g a i n e d u p t o $ 6 0 m i l l i o n f r o m the production, with over 5,000 people employed as extras, crew and support staff.  M a n y o f t h e u r b a n a n d i n t e r i o r l o c a t i o n s , i n t h e C a p i t o l a n d e l s e w h er e, w e r e filmed in Shelby and Charlotte.  F o r K a t n i s s ' n e i g h b o u r h o o d i n D i s t r i c t 1 2 , t h e p r o d u c ti o n t e a m f o u n d H e n r y R i v e r Mill Village, an abandoned mill town.
  • 4. MUSIC  Th e s o u n d track a l b u m f o r Th e Hu n g e r Ga me s c o n ta in s s o n g s i n s p i r e d b y t h e f i l m .  O n l y t h r e e o f t h e s o n g s o n t h e s o u n d track a l b u m a p p e ar i n t h e f i l m i t s e l f, d u r i n g t h e c l o s i ng c r e d i ts .  Th e f i r s t s i n g l e f r o m t h e f i l m ' s c o m p a n io n a l b u m , " Sa f e & So u n d " b y Ta y l o r Sw i f t f e a t uri ng Th e C i v i l W a r s , w a s r e l e a se d o n D e c e m b e r 2 3 , 2 0 1 1 . I t r e a c h e d n u m b e r o n e o n t h e i Tu n e s o v e r a l l c h a r ts i n 1 2 h o u r s .  Th e m u s i c v i d e o f o r "Sa f e & So u n d " w a s r e l e a se d o n Fe b r u ary 1 3 , 2 0 1 2 . Al o n g w i t h s e p a r ate s o n g s f r o m Sw i f t a n d Th e C i v i l W a r s . Th e s o u n d tra ck w a s r e l e a s ed on March 20, 2012.  Th e s o u n d track t r a c k l i s t w a s r e v e a l ed o n i Tu n e s o n Fe b r u a ry 1 3 , 2 0 1 2 , a n d o n t h e 1 4 t h "O n e En g i n e " w a s r e l e a s ed a s t h e s e c o n d s i n g l e .  Th e a l b u m d e b u t ed a t N o . 1 o n t h e Bi l l b o a rd To p 2 0 0 c h a r t, h a v i n g s o l d 1 7 5 , 0 00 c o p i e s i n i t s f i r s t w e e k .
  • 5. BOX OFFICE  The Hunger Games earned $408,010,692 in North America, and $283,237,076 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $691,247,768.  It made the largest worldwide opening weekend for a film not released during the summer or the holiday period, earning $211.8 million.  In North America, The Hunger Games is the 14th-highest-grossing film, the highest-grossing film released outside the summer or holiday period, and the highest-grossing film distributed by Lionsgate.  The film set a midnight-gross record for a non-sequel making $19.7 million.  On its opening day, it topped the box office $67.3 million.  It became the 14th movie to pass the $400 -million-mark.  On April 20, 2012, Lionsgate and IMAX Corporation announced that due to "overwhelming demand", The Hunger Games would return to North American IMAX cinemas on April 27 for a further one -week engagement.  On its first weekend the film topped the box office outside North America with $59.25 million from 67 markets.  The largest opening weekends were recorded in:  China - $9.6 million  Australia - $9.48 million  UK, Ireland and Malta - $7.78 million  In total earnings, its highest -grossing markets after North America are the UK, Ireland and Malta ($36.5 million), Australia ($31.1 million), and Germany ($20.0 million ).
  • 6. MARKETING  Movie promotion is becoming increasingly on the Web, where studios are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter and many other inexpensive yet ef fective online techniques.  Lionsgate used all the usual old -media tricks giving away 80,000 poster s, securing almost 50 magazine cover stories, adver tising on 3,000 billboards and bus shelter s.  To attract younger audiences they used Facebook and Twitter, a YouTube channel, a Tumblr blog, iPhone games and live Yahoo streaming from the premiere .  Lionsgate had a marketing staf f of 21 people working with a relatively tiny budget of about $45 million.  They assigned one team member to cultivate “Hunger Games” fan blogs.
  • 7. HOME MEDIA  The film was released in North America and the Netherlands on DVD and Blu-ray Disc August 18, 2012, and in the rest of Europe on September 3, 2012.  Extras include 'The World is Watching: The Making of The Hunger Games', numerous features, the propaganda video in its entire form, a talk with the director Gary Ross and also Elvis Mitchell and a marketing archive.  In its first weekend on sale, Lionsgate reported that 3.8 million DVD/Blu-ray Disc copies of the movie were sold, with more than one-third in the Blu-ray Disc format.  Three weeks after the release of the movie to home media formats in the US, over 5 million DVD units and 3.7 million Blu-ray Disc units have been sold . With 7,434,058 units sold, the DVD became the top -selling DVD of 2012
  • 8. SEQUELS  O n A u g u s t 8 , 2 01 1 , w h i l e s t i l l s h o ot i n g t h e fi l m , L i o n s g a t e a n n o u n c e d t h a t a f i l m a d a p t a t i o n o f t h e s e c o n d n ov e l .  T h e H u n g e r G a m e s : C a t c h i n g F i r e , wa s s c h e d u l e d to b e r e l e a s e d o n N ov e m b e r 2 2 , 2 01 3 . I n N ove m b e r 2 01 1 , L i o n s g a t e e n te r e d n e g o t i a t i o n s w i t h s c r e e nw r i t e r S i m o n B e a u f oy to a d a p t t h e n ov e l fo r s c r e e n , s i n c e t h e p o s t - p r o d u c t i o n s c h e d u l e fo r T h e H u n g e r G a m e s wa s to o c r ow d e d fo r Ro s s a n d C o l l i n s to a d a p t t h e n e x t fi l m a s o r i g i n a l l y p l a n n e d .  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire began production in the s u m m e r o f 2 01 2 .  O n M ay 6 , 2 01 2 , i t wa s r e p o r t e d t h a t M i c h a e l A r n d t wa s i n t a l k s to r e - w r i t e t h e s c r i p t fo r C a t c h i n g F i r e . A r n d t o f fi c i a l l y s i g n e d o n a s t h e n e w s c r i p t w r i te r o n M ay 24 , 2 01 2 .  T h e H u n g e r G a m e s : C a t c h i n g F i r e b e g a n fi l m i n g S e p te m b e r 10 , 2 01 2 , a n d c o n c l u d e d D e c e m b e r 21 , 2 01 2 .  I n J u l y 2 01 2 , r e l e a s e d a te s we r e c o n fi r m e d fo r t wo fi l m s b a s e d o n t h e l a s t b o o k M o c k i n g j ay.  T h e H u n g e r G a m e s : M o c k i n g j ay – P a r t 1 w i l l b e r e l e a s e d N ov e m b e r 21 , 2 01 4 , a n d T h e H u n g e r G a m e s : M o c k i n g j ay – P a r t 2 ' w i l l b e r e l e a s e d N ov e m b e r 2 0 , 2 01 5 .  L aw r e n c e , H u t c h e r s o n , H e m s w o r t h , a n d H a r r e l s o n h av e a l l s i g n e d o n to t h e w h o l e f r a n c h i s e .

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