Per Deadline: “The final North American box office tally for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games is $152,535,747, down slightly from Sunday’s studio estimate of $155 million. It remains the third-highest opening of all time, and the best opening of all time outside the summer tentpole season.” It grossed over $210 million world-wide.
Also, there is a Tumblr blog that is posting the racist comments tweeted by supposed people who claim to be fans of the series, yet are shocked certain characters in the movie are being portrayed by black actors, characters such as Thresh and Rue. The Hunger Game Tweets blog shows with a striking blow of clarity the ugliness that permeates American.The blog site Jezebel also talks about it.
Finally, while the reviews have been great, an 85% Certified Fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes, Asawin Suebsaeng over at Mother Jones takes a critical look at the how the film played down the books sometimes satiric, often gory outlook at a dystopian future. “By doing so, the movie defangs the lurid hook of the novel, sanitizing the set pieces of child-on-child barbarism. What should be disturbing and grotesquely riveting is reduced to what amounts to the visceral pangs of a Vampire Diaries episode, sapping the adrenaline and cheapening the prolonged killing.”
Of course, it was designed as a PG-13 film. But this is not the first time, nor will it be the last time, Hollywood waters down these type of novels to fit not only the linear storytelling, but to appeal to a broader-based audience that does not want any complex metaphor interfering with their everyday life of enjoying a film that puts children fighting to the death.