The Hunger Games franchise may ‘live on’ through prequel films

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Hunger Games’ finale keeps box office crown for third week.

The story of Katniss Everdeen is drawing to a close with the recent release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, but could the blockbuster film series based on Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novels continue?

“There are worse games to play,” Katniss says at the end of Mockingjay: Part 2, relieved — spoiler alert! — that she now lives in a world devoid of Hunger Games and the tyranny of the Capitol. Burns made the admission this week during the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, where he compared The Hunger Games series to Harry Potter, claiming it will “live on and on and on”. “The one thing that kids say they missed [from the early Hunger Games films] was there was no arenas,” he said. “If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas.” Burns also admitted he was disappointed the fourth The Hunger Games release had failed to match the outstanding box office debuts of its previous three instalments, but confessed it was a “high-class problem” to have, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney/Pixar’s animated film, “The Good Dinosaur,” didn’t go extinct in its second weekend in theaters with $15.3 million, while the Rocky Balboa boxing movie “Creed” kept fighting, coming in fourth with $15 million. Mockingjay – Part 2 opened with an impressive $101 million take during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, down from the $121.9 million last year’s Part 1 earned during its first weekend on release in the North American market.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak: Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. Filmmaker Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the four Hunger Games installments, recently told EW, “The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is. His words come on the heels of confirmed plans to develop Hunger Games theme parks around the world, deepening and growing the chilling world of Collins’ teen dystopia. I’m sure if Suzanne were to get inspired and decide there’s another story that’s important for her to tell that exists within the world of Panem and whether about the Dark Days, another character, or another set of Games, whatever that could be, I’m sure it would be great. It’s unlikely that Lionsgate would move forward on further Hunger Games films without Collins’ involvement, or at least her blessing, a person familiar with the studio’s thinking told EW.

Burns told Variety, “Whatever extensions of ‘The Hunger Games’ brand we pursue, the intent is not to glorify violence by arbitrarily telling arena stories, but to continue Suzanne Collins’s exploration of the concepts of just war theory.”

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