“Welcome to the 75th annual Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Released on November 22, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had fans pumped up for the premier of this sequel to The Hunger Games, a story of American ruins called Panem many years in the future. Twelve districts and the Capital make up Panem. Every year one boy and one girl from each district are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games and fight to the death. In a sudden turn of events, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) developed a strong relationship and won the 74th Hunger Games making it the first time two people had won.
Catching Fire starts off in the forest outside of District 12 with Katniss and her hunting partner/best friend/romantic interest Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) a few hours before her and Peeta are required to tour around Panem on their “Victor’s Tour.” Touring around Panem, Katniss and Peeta witness the violent events in other districts. When they get back to District 12, 12 days later, Katniss and Peeta, along with mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) find out that this year’s Hunger Games is going to include previous winners. Katniss and Peeta are chosen to go back into the arena and fight to the death again with other competitors who had already won.
Through a series of twists and turns, Catching Fire takes the audience through a whirlwind of intense moments and sacrifices to save the ones they love. With a cliffhanger at the end, it is sure to leave the audience wanting more. Fans don’t have to wait too long. Mockingjay Part 1 is scheduled to release November 21, 2014!
In its opening weekend, Catching Fire scored $161.1 million becoming the 4th highest grossing film with only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Iron Man 3, and The Avengers ahead of it.
So next time you are bored at home and need something to do, drive on over to your local theater and watch Catching Fire. You won’t regret it.