Bad news fans of Young Adult novels that actually serve a purpose and are well written. The much-anticipated Hunger Games movie must make at least $100 million domestically to justify any sequels. But go enjoy the fifteenth installment of Twilight: Women Are Helpless and Must Be Rescued in a few weeks.
Lionsgate executive Jon Feltheimer voiced his concern with the carefully thought out and unique source material recently saying: “I’m not too concerned we won’t get to that kind of number.” That kind of number being $100 million, because heaven forbid anyone go see a movie with a point these days.
Franchises such as the Harry Potter series and the Twilight Saga have blazed trails for book-to-movie translations (deservedly and, um, kinda deservedly), making billions at the box office. The Hunger Games seems to be in that same illustrious boat, and, with Harry Potter and Twilight over and ending, respectively, teenyboppers and creepy Twi-moms (check yo’selfs ladies) alike need somewhere else they can direct their energy.
The Gate has already spent $80 million on the film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, making it their most expensive solo project yet. They’ve even gone so far as to announce a release date for Catching Fire, the next movie in the trilogy. So Games best bring their A-game come March 23.
But who are we kidding? Great story, great actors and Jenny L — $100 million won’t be too much of a problem.