“The Hunger Games” Smashes B.O. Records

“Relax, you legions of Hunger Gamers. We have a winner,” raves Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.

A host of film critics have joined these legions, helping spread the five-alarm box office fire of this first installment in the film franchise based on the wildly successful book series by CDAS client, author Suzanne Collins. “This Hunger Games is a muscular, honorable, unflinching translation of Collins’ vision,” wrote Entertainment Weekly.

The Hunger Games’ opening weekend box office (according to The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and other sources) took in over $155 million (domestic), ranking it the third largest opening of all time (not adjusted for inflation). Shares in its studio, Lionsgate, jumped soon after the opening bell on Wall Street.

Jennifer Lawrence, who debuted in her Oscar-nominated role in (CDAS client film) Winter’s Bone, plays the protagonist of The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeeen.

At its star-studded premiere, Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket in the film, observed “The passion of these fans is unlike anything I have ever been involved with. For me the biggest star here is Suzanne Collins, who wrote the books and is the creator of this entire universe.” (CDAS Of Counsel Janis C. Nelson represents Suzanne Collins).