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hunger games mockingjay part 1LINDSEY BAHR, Film Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards season hopefuls “Wild” and “The Imitation Game” proved their might with impressive limited release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend.

In its third weekend in release, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ earned an estimated $ 21.6 million. Lionsgate’s… Continue reading Weekend Box Office: 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' No. 1 for Third Week

Welcome to the YA Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s guide to young-adult book-to-film adaptations.

When writing a formal review, I find it’s of the utmost importance to push the source material aside and assess the piece as a stand-alone entity, but there’s also no dismissing a fan base, especially one as devoted as The Hunger Games’. As a die-hard fan myself, I take… Continue reading The YA Countdown: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Fan Review

Here’s your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded):

1.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $ 123.0 million ($ 123.0 million total)

2.  Big Hero 6 – $ 20.0 million ($ 135.7 million total)

3.  Interstellar – $ 15.0 million ($ 120.6 million total)

4.  Dumb & Dumber To – $ 13.8 million ($ 57.4 million total)

A few years ago, everyone seemed content to blow the Hunger Games movies off as more young-adult nonsense; a watered-down version of Battle Royale for little girls. Now, it’s hard to believe anyone could have been so blind. The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were huge smash hits, but you don’t make $ 400 million on the backs of tween… Continue reading The Last Sci-fi Blog: Why 'Mockingjay - Part 1' Is the Science Fiction Movie We Need

It’s kind of unbelievable that after just three films, The Hunger Games franchise can already be talked about in the same conversations as other megafranchises like Harry Potter, James Bond and the Lord of the Rings. When the latest movie, Mockingjay – Part 1, opens this weekend, it’s poised to have the best opening weekend of 2014, beating the likes of Captain America