Jennifer Lawrence opens up about wrapping ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2’

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Latest ‘Hunger Games’ Falling Short of Opening Weekend Estimates.

If The Hunger Games was Battle Royale, Catching Fire was Rollerball and Mockingjay – Part 1 was Broadcast News, then everything goes a bit Quantum of Solace in this hotchpotch final instalment. LOS ANGELES — Looks like Katniss Everdeen is facing an even bigger threat than President Snow: viewer ennui for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.” Friday brought an opening box-office haul of $46 million for the fourth and final installment in the popular dystopian movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss, according to movie-tracking site

COZ Kentucky – After spending four years playing Katniss Everdeen in The four Hunger Games, movies, Jennifer Lawrence is understandably feeling a bit nostalgic. MJ2 picks up exactly where its predecessor left off, with Katniss Everdeen (girl on fire Jennifer Lawrence) nursing injuries inflicted upon her by the recently retrieved but still brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).

Those numbers dwarfed every other competitor this week, but “Mockingjay’s” gross still fell short of expectations and landed far away from the $55.1 million opening day last year for “Mockingjay — Part 1.” If projections hold, the movie will end up with the most modest performance of the “Hunger Games” series. Although it isn’t like that with most of her roles. “It’s funny, we develop these characters and a few months later we never see them again,” she says. “I guess I’m used to that. It has the best action sequences of all four chapters, though its revolutionary message gets bogged down by a meandering plot and some good old-fashioned overacting. As rebel forces ready themselves for the last battle with President Snow (the silver-tongued Donald Sutherland), Julianne Moore’s Alma Coin starts to look less like a liberator than an ice queen in waiting, leaving Katniss wondering what – and for whom – she is fighting.

But I didn’t really feel it so much character-wise at the end of Hunger Games, because these movies have been my life for so many years.” Approaching the final days of shooting left a mark on Lawrence. “I feel like I had two final endings with Katniss,” she says. “There was the one when we wrapped the film in Berlin, when everyone was there and I said goodbye to everyone in the movie. The first picture, 2012’s “The Hunger Games,” delivered $152 million. “The Night Before,” a Seth Rogen comedy released by Sony/Columbia, grossed $3.6 million and took the No. 3 spot. With terrific acting performances and a bygone era that sparks to life with impressive filmmaking, Carol crafts a memorable romance gift-wrapped for the holiday.

Splitting this third instalment into two movies was always going to cause pacing problems, yet MJ1 somehow managed to make a didactic virtue of its discursive nature. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara enter what is a forbidden relationship to 1950s society but a growing and cherished one between the two (***½ out of four; rated R; opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles, expands to additional cities through Christmas). Here, the balance between action and exposition feels more forced, exacerbating rather than solving the dramatic problems of Suzanne Collins’s source novel. (At least the final screen instalment of Twilight achieved a level of bonkers preposterousness to ease us through its chaotic conclusion.) On the plus side, there are some complex ideas about power and corruption at play, and it’s good to see this final instalment refusing to sell out either its role model heroine or its darkly dystopian sociopolitical themes. Meanwhile, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman look to have teamed up for a bomb in “Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of an Argentine thriller from STX Entertainment., which predicted “Mockingjay – Part 2” would debut with about $117 million this weekend, said “it’s possible that the audience erodes slightly for this final chapter.” Some analysts had projected a weekend gross of as much as $140 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Boosted by its stellar cast and playful take on A Christmas Carol, The Night Before is a coming-of-age stoner-buddy comedy, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie, and laced with warm holiday cheer. Whatever its faults, this remains light years ahead of the Insurgent/Maze Runner film franchises, which have so far failed to steal The Hunger Games’s thunder. The picture grossed $2.3 million on nearly 2,400 screens, landing in the No. 5 spot. “Spectre,” the new James Bond spy adventure from Sony/Columbia that opened two weeks ago, held on to the No. 2 slot, with a $4.3 million gross added to an overall total of more than $143 million.

Russell (winning an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook and being nominated for American Hustle). “I just tried to keep working,” she observes, “so that people could see other characters and other things that I could do, instead of taking vacation time. Now I’m aging like a President!”And she feels profoundly changed by the experience of playing Katniss. “I don’t feel like I’m being dragged by anything anymore,” Lawrence says. “I feel more in control.

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