Monday, March 26, 2012

THE HUNGER GAMES IS AUSTRALIA’S #1 FILM


Read my review here Hunger Games Review


THE HUNGER GAMES has claimed the #1 spot at the Australian box office with the largest opening weekend outside of the United States, ahead of the UK ($7.1m)and Russia ($6.2m).

The first chapter in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy earned a staggering $9m on 471 screens across Australia from Thursday to Sunday, beating the first instalment of Twilight ($5.4m).

The film is expected to take US$155m from Friday to Sunday in the US, the biggest opening for a non-sequel and the third of all time, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2m) and The Dark Knight ($158.4m).

Roadshow Films Managing Director Joel Pearlman said: “This is an extraordinary result.  Australian audiences flocked to cinemas over the weekend to see the first of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels realised on screen.  Co-starring Australia’s Liam Hemsworth – we are delighted with these box office results.”

May the odds be ever in your favour.
“The Hunger Games is rousing, thought-provoking and one of the best films of the year so far.”
4.5 STARS
Nick Dent, Sunday News Ltd

“The best most, compelling elements of Collins’ chilling visions of the future are brought vividly to life...a solid and spectacular effort that promises even better things to come.”
Leigh Paatsch, News Ltd

“the bones of Collins’s story ensure an enthralling time”
Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald

“the most intriguing heroine a Hollywood blockbuster has seen”
Craig Mathieson, Sun Herald and Sunday Age

The Hunger Games is rated M and was released in Australian cinemas nationally on March 22.