You saw the last ‘Hunger Games’ and now you’re depressed. Let’s talk about it.

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Box Office: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Looking at Franchise-Low $110M Debut.

Elsewhere in North America, Seth Rogen’s comedy ‘The Night Before’ is hoping for $11 million-$12 million, while ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’ is on course for $8 million despite an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman.

In the final installment in the Hunger Games film series, Katniss Everdeen fights for more than just her sister—she fights for the freedom of her country, Panem that is currently ruled by the totalitarian President Snow. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is doing sizeable business at the Friday box office, although it could see the lowest North American debut of any film in Lionsgate’s YA film franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the invincible Katniss Everdeen.

She’s been with the character of Katniss Everdeen for so many years, it’s hard for her to figure out just how she feels about the role coming to an end. “I don’t really feel like I said goodbye to her,” Lawrence says. “What we do on every movie is we play these characters and then two months later we never see them again. Being a fan of the book, I can honestly say that the movies in the franchise all interpreted the books well, most especially Mockingjay Part 2, whose beautiful, realistic sets, great storytelling, and outstanding portrayal from the cast turned the book into a visual marvel.

A year later, she had to return to the role for an additional scene that has a special place in her heart because she got to work with her two nephews. Wisps of the characters’ personalities are taken and expanded all throughout the movie and not just on the script but also in their actions as well as in the scenes and the sets. Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence returns to direct, and the film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

By blending political concepts such as dictatorship and siege, and putting them together with strong female and male characters, Generation Y learns about societal issues from the film without even realizing that they are learning. Some box-office observers are questioning whether it was wise to break the final book into two movies, both of which have received lukewarm reviews compared to the first two installments (audiences liked Mockingjay 2 better than critics, giving it an A- CinemaScore). And yet, I find that a part of me is rejoicing at how the movie has made an impact on my generation and how it has contributed to the rise in popularity of young adult books and films.

After Sony Pictures was hacked, it was revealed that Lawrence made less than what Cooper made for starring in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Lawrence wrote an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter — an online site for discussing politics, style, feminism, etc. — that revealed how angry the actress was at herself for allowing such an imbalance of pay to happen. “It was about how did I get in my own way and not fight just as hard as the men to get a better deal. That’s the only point of view I have,” Lawrence says. “There was definitely no foul play on Sony’s part because they are not going to give someone more money if they don’t ask for it.” Through the letter, Lawrence did a self-evaluation of how her own fears of asking for more money would make her look.

From the minute she appeared in my mind as a character from a beloved book series, she has inspired me to never settle for what is the norm even though I disagree with it and has given me the courage to stand up for what is right and just. She has been a great teacher and I hope that with this movie franchise and the book, she will continue to teach future generations how to have courage even if the odds are not always in their favor. After Lawrence wrote the opinion piece, there was a backlash from some who called it “Jennifer’s bratty display.” To her, those kinds of comments just helped make her point.

Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt’s By the Sea, expanding into a total of 126 theaters in its second weekend, is faring miserably for a projected $200,000 weekend gross, if that. The Weinstein Co. is opening Carol, a lesbian drama set in the 1950s, in four theaters in New York and Los Angles this weekend, and so far, it’s doing stellar business. The movie, from Studio Canal, Working Title Films and Cross Creek Pictures, is being released by Universal in the U.S. and stars Tom Hardy in a double turn as two of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray.

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