The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This November, the phenomenon that was/is The Hunger Games will be tested with the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Why does this look like a winner, when so many — like Ender’s Game, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Divergent seem so doomed to failure?

The best guess is that it was the premise, and the fact that everyone loves Jennifer Lawrence. Seriously, who doesn’t love her, bad people? But on the surface, it’s a familiar dystopia, and it’s odd when some things click in pop culture and others don’t. It’s easy to understand why the Harry Potter films worked, it’s easy to understand why Twilight hooked on to audience the way it did (though it’s hard to know if the series will linger on in pop culture, there is a generation of women who read these books religiously), but The Hunger Games is a little different. Here are the first two clips from the movie:

 

You could say that the appeal is the love triangle between Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, though that’s not really fleshed out in the first film, which made over $400 Million dollars domestically. You could say the appeal is the supporting cast, though that’s honestly never the case… people aren’t showing up for Donald Sutherland and Toby Jones. Regardless, we expect Catching Fire to make at least $300 Million when it opens November 22.

Will you see Catching Fire in Imax?