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Katniss Everdeen has taken her bow and arrow to The Twilight Saga and hit a bull's eye:

The Hunger Games has sold 3.8 million copies in its first two days of release, outpacing both previous installments of that other popular young adult series.

In February, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 sold 3.2 million DVDs and Blu-rays on its first weekend, while Eclipse came out to 2.7 million in December 2010.

There's still a long way to go for The Hunger Games, of course, as Catching Fire - with Sam Claflin as the key character of Finnick Odair - hits theaters in November 2013, but sound off now:

Which movie franchise do you like best?

 

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Even the most ardent Hunger Games fan must admit: the following is positively hilarious.

Brought to us by the folks at Screen Junkies, it's an "honest" trailer for the blockbuster movie, one that points out just a few flaws.

Such as how Katniss can escape all conceivable dangers through the use of trees. Or how Panem is set in a “future so advanced they can conjure fire and monster dogs, but not food for the poor.” Or how the story "forces two actors with no chemistry to awkwardly fall in love."

Overall, let's just say the narrator with the awesome voice is NOT a fan of Peeta. But he sure would love to orally pleasure Liam Hemsworth. Just watch for yourself:

In actual franchise news, meanwhile, Sam Claflin has been cast as Finnick in Catching Fire. Are you down with that choice?

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Lynn Cohen is set to enter The Hunger Games arena.

The actress has been cast in the sequel to this blockbuster as Mags, an elderly Tribute from District 4 who has served as a mentor to Finnick Odair.

Lynn Cohen Picture

Cohen is the latest addition to the impressive Catching Fire crew.

Aside from returning stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin is reportedly on board as Finnick, while Philip Seymour Hoffman will take on Plutarch Heavensbee and Jena Malone plays Johanna Mason.

Catching Fire comes out on November 22, 2013.

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The Hunger Games is going the way to The Twilight Saga and Harry Potter.

Lionsgate announced today that it would split Mockingjay, the final installment in Suzanne Collins' penned trilogy into two movies, the better to maximize profits of course.

The studio even came out with the extended titles and release dates for the films:

Fake Mockingjay Poster
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will bow worldwide November 21, 2014.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will come out on November 20, 2015.

Catching Fire, meanwhile, hits theaters on November 22, 2013.

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With all the casting chatter surrounding Catching Fire - Jena Malone! Philip Seymour Hoffman! - let's not forget about the movie that started it all.

The Hunger Games comes out on DVD August 18, and the following teaser for the release takes fans behind the scenes with the film's stars and teases the three hours of bonus footage you'll receive if you purchase the box set.

Watch now:

Special features include:

  • An interview with author Suzanne Collin.
  • A Conversation with director Gary Ross.
  • A faux propaganda from the Capitol.
  • Looks at Jennifer Lawrence and company training for the Games.
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If Lifetime's Dance Moms were The Hunger Games ... it wouldn't be that different!

This amusing two-minute parody uses clips from the controversial reality show, dubbed over with some memorable Hunger Games quotes at surprisingly appropriate moments, producing an intense, chilling and gripping trailer.

May the odds be ever in your overbearing, insane parents' favor:

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On August 18, the world will be watching. Again.

That's the date Katniss Everdeen fans must circle, as Lionsgate has announced the upcoming DVD release of its episode, The Hunger Games.

Included on the two-disc DVD set will be:

  • Three hours worth of unreleased material.
  • Cast and crew member interviews.
  • An eight-part documentary entitled The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games that depicts behind-the-scenes aspect of creating the movie.
  • A full-length "Propaganda Film" shown during the Reaping.

Catching Fire, The Hunger Games sequel with a new director, comes out in November 2013.

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As it heads into what Lionsgate hopes will be its fifth consecutive weekend atop the box office, The Hunger Games franchise has tapped a new director to helm next year's sequel.

A week after Gary Ross dropped out from the role, Entertainment Weekly confirms that Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) will helm the wildly anticipated Catching Fire, which hits theaters on November 22, 2013.

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  • Catching Fire Novel

Sources say Lawrence was chosen because Catching Fire features even more sweeping, exotic sets and scenes than its predecessor and he's known for making these comes to life with a sense of style.

In less than one month, The Hunger Games has earned over $530 million internationally. So the bar is set high, Catching Fire. May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Ho-hum. Another weekend passed, another first place finish for The Hunger Games.

The global blockbuster earned $21.5 million on Friday and Saturday, helping it defeat such newcomers as The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods to become the first film since Avatar to sit atop the box office four weeks in a row.

The Hunger Games Scene

Among the latest notable achievements for The Hunger Games:

  • It has earned $337 million domestically, sliding past Spider-Man 3 for 22nd place on the list of all-time hits.
  • Including international receipts, it has garnered $531 million at the box office.

Here's a look at the weekend's top five money makers:

  1. The Hunger Games: $21.5 million
  2. The Three Stooges: $17.1 million
  3. The Cabin in the Woods: $14.9 million
  4. Titanic 3D: $11.6 million
  5. American Reunion: $10.7 million
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Gary Ross and The Hunger Games have parted ways.

Ross' exit was all but confirmed last week, but he's released a statement explaining why he decided to discontinue his work with the famous trilogy:

"Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire," said Ross (below, right).

"As a writer and a director, I simply don't have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would want to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule."

The Hunger Games Cast, Director

"I loved making The Hunger Games. It was the happiest experience of my professional life. Lionsgate was supportive in a manner that few directors ever experience."

"They empowered me to make the film I wanted to make and backed the movie in a way that requires no explanation beyond the remarkable results."

"And contrary to what has been reported, negotiations with Lionsgate have not been problematic. They have also been very understanding of this difficult decision."

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